Carissa Chesanek is a NYC-based writer with a Master’s in Journalism and a recent Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The New School. Her work has been seen in Writer's Digest, The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus,, Food Network, Forbes Travel Guide, Miami Herald, and She is a non-fiction reader for Guernica magazine, an event staff volunteer at the Center for Fiction, and a member of the Prison Writing Committee with PEN America.  Currently, she is working on her debut novel.