Of Colombian and Puerto Rican descent, Sandy Florian was born in New York and raised in Latin America. She is the author of six books of hybrid prose: TELESCOPE (Action Books, 2006), 32 Pedals & 47 Stops (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007), THE TREE OF NO (Action Books, 2008), PRELUDE TO AIR FROM WATER (Elixir Press, 2010), ON WONDERLAND & WASTE (Sidebrow Press, 2010), and BOXING THE COMPASS (Noemi Press, 2013). She has been awarded a residency at Caldera Arts and a writer's grant supported residency at the Vermont Studio Center, as well as literary prizes from Elixir Press, New Voices, and Brown University. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Nonwestern Literature and Creative Writing at West Virginia University. She also serves as one of the "other" editors for Tarpaulin Sky Journal.