Trisha M. Cowen received her doctoral degree in Literature and Creative Writing at Binghamton University (SUNY) and completed her BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. Cowen specializes in Monster Studies, Multicultural Literature, and writing fiction. For her creative work, she was granted the Marion Clayton Link Fellowship in Creative Writing and the Rosa Colecchio Travel Award for Dissertation Research, which enabled her to carry out research for her first novel manuscript Five Thousand Days of Autumn in Japan and ChinaPhoto in 2013 and 2014. For her work in Asia, she received Binghamton University’s Graduate Award in Research Excellence, as the novel is the first of its kind to capture the experience of a comfort woman of Japanese descent. Cowen has worked as the editor-in-chief of Harpur Palate, and her creative work has appeared in The Portland Review, Bitter Oleander Press, and 2 Bridges Review, among many others, and she is the 2014 winner of the Gertrude Press chapbook contest for fiction. She currently works as an Assistant Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at Westminster College and serves as an endowed Heritage Chair, funded by the McCune Foundation. She lives with her wife and two daughters in Pennsylvania.