Gabriela Gonzales writes about the beautiful tragedy of human communication. She won first place for fiction in the Sandra Hutchins’ Humanities Symposium Writing Awards in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and received the Ruby Treadway Award for Fiction in 2019. Her work has been featured in Belmont Literary Journal, Awakened Voices Literary Magazine, formercactus, Synaesthesia Magazine, Waxing and Waning, Cosmonauts Avenue, Lost Balloon, Open: Journal of Arts and Letters, Kissing Dynamite, Chestnut Review, pidgeonholes, The Lumiere Review, and Wigleaf and in 2022, she performed at TedXNashville. Her poem “Sunday Morning Girl” in Lost Balloon was nominated for 2020 Best of the Net, and her poems “windmills over Zaandam”in Chestnut Review and “Haunted House” in The Lumiere Review were nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize. She is represented by Chip Rice at WordLink. Gabriela really appreciates giraffes, the oxford comma, and babies dressed like hipsters.