Portland, OR – Josie Sigler was born Downriver Detroit and grew up in the Midwest. Her chapbook, Calamity, was the winner of the Proem Press Award, published in 2009. Her first full-length book of poems, living must bury, winner of the 2010 Motherwell Prize, was published by Fence Books in 2010. Her collection of stories, The Galaxie and Other Rides, was selected for the Ruby Pickens Tartt First Fiction Award and published by Livingston Press in 2012. Other recent awards include the Barthelme Prize for “The Compartment” selected by Ander Monson; first place in the Fugue Magazine Annual Writing Contest for “The Watcher in the Woods” selected by Pam Houston; the Prism International Fiction Prize for “Ms. Pacman”; and first place in the Story Quarterly Short Fiction Competition for “My Catholic Boyfriend” selected by Karen Russell. Josie was the recipient of a 2011 PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Residency, which affords a writer the opportunity to work on a remote homestead near the Rogue River in southern Oregon’s Klamath Mountains. She recently accepted a job teaching writing and literature at University of Rhode Island in Kingston. She is currently working on a novel and a new book of poetry.