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Darci Dawn Schummer, a Wisconsin girl, is the eighth daughter of a firstborn son. She started writing at the age of nine but never really called herself a writer until she attended the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire where she filled beat up Meads with stories and poems. In 2005, she moved to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to attend Hamline University’s MFA program.
During her time at Hamline, she sailed around city streets on city buses, often finding her characters sitting in the seats ahead of or behind her. She wrote madly—assembling and disassembling stories until she understood how they worked.
Since graduating from Hamline, she has published several pieces of short fiction in places such as Paper Darts, Twin Cities Run Off, The Diverse Arts Project, Feile-Festa, Conclave: A Journal of Character, Vita.mn, Everyday Fiction, Revolver Magazine, and Midwestern Gothic. Also, her work has been anthologized in Lyrotica, Rattlesnake Valley Sampler, The Cancer Poetry Project, and Open to Interpretation: Intimate Landscape. She has been interviewed by The Missouri Review as part of its Working Writers Series and was a guest blogger for both Battered Suitcase Press and CaringBridge.org.
Additionally, in 2013, she was part of the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire’s Blugold Visiting Writers Series. In 2014, her first collection of stories, Six Months in the Midwest, was published by Unsolicited Press. Currently, she teaches English full-time at Hennepin Technical College and lives in an old Minneapolis upper with her books and records and dresses.