Robin Messing’s short story, “Drive-by” was a nominee for a Pushcart Prize. Her essay, “Writing a Redeemable Man,” was a finalist for the 2021 Gulf Coast Nonfiction Prize. Messing is the author of a novel, Serpent in the Garden of Dreams, and two poetry chapbooks, From Temporary Worker and Holding Not Having. She is a vocalist on Cornelius Eady and Rough Magic’s recording, The Sterling Brown Project. Her stories, poems, and essays have been published in Catamaran Literary Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Defunct, Distillery, Drunken Boat. Lithub, New Ohio Review, New York Newsday, Rhino, The Sycamore Review, Vinyl Poetry, Washington Square, and others.