Jen Companik is an author, translator, and photographer based in the exurbs of Chicago. She is a fiction editor at TriQuarterly and holds an M.A. from Northwestern University. Some of her professional accomplishments include: first prize, The Ledge’s 2014 Fiction Awards; a Pushcart Prize nomination for nonfiction from Border Crossing; and work appearing in: The Evansville Review; The London Reader; The Northern Virginia Review; Fresh Ink Magazine; The Bookends Review; Another Chicago Magazine; Defunkt Magazine; Local Honey Midwest; and Glassworks. Her short story collection, Check Engine and Other Stories was included on the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses’ Reading List for National Hispanic Heritage Month 2021. You can order it from Thirty West Publishing House, Bookshop, and Barnes & Noble. She also does literary and legal translations. She feels fortunate to be pursuing her life’s passions.