Laura Spence-Ash’s debut novel BEYOND THAT, THE SEA is forthcoming from Celadon Books in Winter 2023. Her fiction work has appeared in One Story, New England Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Her book reviews and critical essays appear regularly in the Ploughshares blog. She is the Founding Editor of CRAFT and serves as a reader for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the John Leonard Prize and One Story. She has received fellowships and support from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Laura received her MFA in Fiction from Rutgers-Newark where she taught Writing Composition and received the Presidential Fellowship.