Steven Kiernan is a short story and essay writer. He is a veteran of the Iraq War and U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as an infantryman from 2005-2010. During that time, he was wounded in an IED blast which resulted in the amputation of both legs and spent two years recovering at Walter Reed Army Hospital. After being medically discharged he received a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia and is now pursuing an MFA in creative writing at the University of Oregon. His work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, The Wrath-Bearing Tree, and O-Dark-Thirty. He currently lives in Eugene, OR with his wife and two dogs.