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Kristen Leigh Schwarz

Kristen Leigh Schwarz holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where she received the MacDonald Harris Award for Fiction and a travel award from the International Center for Writing and Translation to work in Mexico. Her stories have appeared in the Santa Monica Review, Indicia, The American Literary Review, and St. Ann’s Review, among others. Her story, “Emperor of Umbrellas,” proudly represents Santa Ana in ORANGE COUNTY: A LITERARY FIELD GUIDE, and “Signs and Symptoms” was chosen for the June 2021 issue of One Story. She lives in Los Angeles.