Jessica Lanay is a poet and short story writer originally from the Florida Keys. She is interested in writing towards the incalculable nature of human emotions, psychology and metaphysical dilemmas. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh and works at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow; she has workshopped with poets such as Carl Hancock Rux, Gregory Pardlo, Evie Shockley, and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. She also founded a women's editorial group called The Jasper Collective while working in the advertising department of Poets & Writers Magazine. It was during her work with the Jasper Collective that she had her first publishing successes. She believes that working with a diverse body of women in editorial partnership was a large reason for achieving those publications. Jessica Lanay's writing can be found in Five Quarterly, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, TAYO Literary Journal, Tahoma Literary Review, Duende, and Black Candies: A Journal of Literary Horror and others. She is currently working on a collection of poetry and a short story collection.