Cislyn Smith likes playing pretend, playing games, and playing with words. Though she was born on the gulf coast of Florida, she calls Madison, Wisconsin her home now. She shares her home with three very photogenic cats, a variety of cool bacteria, and some nifty humans. She has been known to crochet tentacles, write stories at odd hours, and study stone dead languages. Cislyn is occasionally dismayed by the lack of secret passages in her house. Her poems and stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Diabolical Plots, Mermaids Monthly, and other places else-internet. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop, and a first reader for several genre magazines. When not writing, she spends time behind the scenes at the Dream Foundry, helping emerging creators across the speculative arts to connect with helpful resources and level up their craft. She is co-convention chair for Flights of Foundry, a virtual convention held annually in the spring.