Marian Palaia lives in San Francisco, California and Missoula, Montana. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Madison, Wisconsin, where she received the 2012 Milofsky Prize. She was a 2012 - 2013 John Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University and is a 2013 Elizabeth George Foundation grant recipient. Her work has appeared, among other places, in Passages North and The Virginia Quarterly Review. "The Last Place She Stood" is from her novel The Given World.