About the Author

LaryssaHeadshotLaryssa Wirstiuk is a writer and writing instructor living in Jersey City, NJ. She teaches creative writing and digital media at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. When she’s not writing or teaching, Laryssa likes to try new vegan recipes and play with her miniature dachshund Charlotte.

Laryssa wrote the majority of The Prescribed Burn while pursuing her MFA at the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, Laryssa was lucky enough to work with professors like Howard Norman, Merrill Feitell, and Maud Casey. She wrote a short story called “Welcome to America” (included in The Prescribed Burn), and it won honorable mention for the Katherine Ann Porter Prize for Fiction, judged by Joan Silber.

Laryssa’s fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have been published in various literary journals. To view all her publications, visit her personal website. You can also follow her on Twitter and connect with her on Facebook.