Rose Hansen believes local storytelling still matters. She’s interested in exploring what lies beyond the national media’s narrow depictions of rural life and rural people. Her work regularly appears in Missouri Life, Feast, The New Territory and more. She holds a BS in forest resources from Oregon State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. She is the recipient of the Jon R. Tuttle Journalism and Production Diversity Internship and an O’Rourke Travel Fellowship. In 2018, she received IRMA’s first place gold award for her piece, “The Long Goodbye” in the Art & Culture Features category. This July, she’ll attend the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as a fiction contributor. She currently lives in the rural Missouri Ozarks, where she is writing a novel.