Tammy Delatorre is a writer in Los Angeles. Author Cheryl Strayed selected her essay, “Out of the Swollen Sea,” as the winner of the 2015 Payton Prize. Tammy was also a finalist in the 2014 Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, a finalist in the 2012 William Richey Short Fiction Contest, and winner of the 2008 River Styx Micro-Fiction Contest. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Many Mountains Moving, Cleaver Magazine, and Perceptions. She enjoys paddleboarding, photography, and culinary delights. In previous lives, she’s worked for a Nobel-prize-winning biochemist; helped to design, build, and race a solar car that won the World Solar Challenge in Australia; and danced the hula despite being teased of stiff hips. More of her stories and essays can be found at www.tammydelatorre.com.