Allison Augustyn started writing as a rock music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and The Seattle Times. She was a guest speaker on NPR’s Sound Opinions, and a contributor for the book “Kill Your Idols,” edited by Jim DeRogatis. She opened five exhibits as a head writer at the Field Museum of Natural History, and coauthored the PROSE Award–winning book “Gems and Gemstones” for the University of Chicago. She has been recognized by Artist Trust and Pitch Wars, and has published fiction in The Masters Review, Doll Hospital, and Whole Terrain. She was most recently a panelist for “Unlikeable Women in Fiction” at the Orcas Island Literary Festival but has been told she is likeable enough. She is also on the board of directors at Hugo House, a writing nonprofit in Seattle.