Keith Pilapil Lesmeister is the author of the fiction chapbook Mississippi River Museum (WTAW Press, 2023) and the story collection We Could’ve Been Happy Here (MG Press, 2017). His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, december magazine, Gettysburg Review, New Stories from the Midwest, North American Review, Redivider, SLICE,, and many others. His nonfiction has appeared in The Good Men Project, River Teeth, Sycamore Review, Tin House Open Bar, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere. He received his M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars and serves as editor of Cutleaf. A 2023-25 Rural Regenerator Fellow through Springboard for the Arts, he currently lives in Iowa’s Driftless region.

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