Heather Kamins grew up in New York and Massachusetts, and has an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her debut novel, The Moth Girl, is forthcoming from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in various journals (see Publications), and her poetry chapbook, Blueshifting, was published by Upper Rubber Boot Books. She is the recipient of an Artist Fellowship in fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a Donald Axinn Returning Contributor Award in fiction from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She enjoys creating characters and worlds that explore the strange and unusual, and believes that sometimes the strangest world of all is this one.