Lawrence Kessenich is a fiction writer, poet, playwright, essayist, reviewer, and editor. His first novel, Cinnamon Girl was published in 2016. He has also published a few short stories and four books of poetry and won the 2010 Strokestown International Poetry Prize in Ireland. His short plays have been produced in New York, Boston, and in Colorado, where he won the People’s Choice Award in a national drama competition. He has also published essays, one of which was featured on NPR’s “This I Believe” and appears in the anthology This I Believe: On Love.