Liz Prato plays with words in verdant Portland, Oregon. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Hayden’s Ferry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Salon.com, Subtropics, Los Angeles Review, ZYZZYVA and Who’s Your Mama (Soft Skull Press). When she’s not moving characters around the chessboard of the American West, Liz dreams of palm trees. She’s currently working on a memoir about, you know. The whole mess.