Simone Kern grew up in a small town in Illinois, where they were definitely the only Jewish-atheist-socialist-genderqueer kid in school. After studying creative writing at Oberlin College, they moved to Houston where they taught English in public schools for ten years. After the birth of their kid, Simone quit teaching to write and be a stay-at-home parent. They love-hate Houston, because their house floods, and it’s too hot, and nearby chemical refineries keep exploding, but the people are just too good to leave. Thus, Simone has embraced life as a bayou creature and is busy learning the names of all the Texas wildflowers.