Aleyna Rentz is a fiction writer from rural Southwest Georgia, where she grew up with her six brothers and sisters. She now lives in Baltimore, where she is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Her short story “Con Affetto” won third place in Glimmer Train’s Jan/Feb 2018 Short Story Award for New Writers. Her fiction has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, and her stories, poetry, and essays have been published in various journals. Currently, she is at work on three large projects: An experimental short story collection using famous writers as periphery characters, a general collection of stories, and a novel set in the South. In addition to writing, Aleyna worked for the Honors @ Georgia Southern Magazine for four years, beginning as a staff writer and serving two years as editor-in-chief. She currently volunteers as a reader for Salamander Magazine and is one of the founding editors of Moonglasses Magazine.