Rachel Steiger-Meister is the author of "Chlorine Mermaid" (Carve Magazine, Spring 2012), winner of the 2013 Million Writers Award for year's best online short story and Carve's 2012 Esoteric Award for LGBT-themed fiction. Her stories can also be found in Gingerbread House and Lavender Review. She is a doctoral candidate in English and Comparative Literature and Fiction Writing at the University of Cincinnati, where she has taught courses in fantasy writing, fiction writing, and LGBTQ literature. Rachel was recently a 2014-2015 Charles Phelps Taft dissertation fellow and is working on a queer YA fantasy novel.

Soon she will move to Germany to marry her sweetheart, Tom Reiss, scholar of the fantastic.