Luanne Smith is a native Kentuckian who now lives between New Jersey and Florida. She is recently retired after 30 years of teaching creative writing and film at West Chester University near Philadelphia. Her fiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, The Texas Review, Oxford Magazine and other literary journals and anthologies. She has published poetry and nonfiction as well. Luanne has hosted well-received AWP Conference panels focused on women writers and the challenges women face writing gritty material and bad-ass female characters. She last presented a panel on the double-standard women writers encounter compared to men when writing sexual content. Her most recent book is an anthology she edited for Madville Publishing, entitled Runaway.