Avital Gad-Cykman is the author of Light Reflection Over Blues (Ravenna Press, 2022) and of Life In, Life Out (Matter Press). She is the winner of Margaret Atwood Studies Magazine Prize and The Hawthorne Citation Short Story Contest, twice a finalist for the Iowa Fiction Award and a six-time nominee for the Pushcart. Her stories have appeared in The Dr. Eckleburg Review, Iron Horse, Prairie Schooner, Ambit, McSweeney’s Quarterly and Michigan Quarterly, and anthologized in W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International anthology, Best Short Fictions and elsewhere. Her PhD in English Literature focused on minorities, gender and trauma. She grew up in Israel and lives in Brazil.