Alex Pickens grew up in the mountains of Virginia and recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in economics and three minors at the age of 33. This year his work appears in outlets such as Pretty Owl Poetry, Mad Scientist Journal, Jersey Devil Press, Tuck Magazine, Crack the Spine, and Allegory Ridge, while his flash fiction has been nominated for a Best Microfiction, 2018 anthology. Author of award-winning screenplays, in his spare time he runs in the mountains, reads theology, and stares down angry bears.