Joe Stracci was born in the Bronx in 1984, a Virgo, although, he doesn't believe in that stuff, no matter how many times people say,  “a Virgo—that explains a lot.” Joe graduated from Manhattanville College in 2006 and earned an MFA at Bennington College in 2009. His first novel, Whitney, was the winner of the 2011 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project. His short fiction has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, TSR: The Southampton ReviewInkwell, PANK Magazine, Specter Magazine, and Word Riot. His non-fiction has been published in The Good Men Project. Joe produces a nonfiction storytelling podcast called I Better Start Writing This Down. He lives in New York with his wife, their two daughters, and two cats.