Jill Kolongowski is a nonfiction writer and professor living in Northern California. Her first book, a collection of essays called Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me, is forthcoming in October 2017. She received her MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California, and is also the managing editor at YesYes Books. Jill has received fellowships to attend the Artist Artsmith Residency, Lit Camp, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her essays have won Sundog Lit’s First Annual Contest series and the Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction at Lunch Ticket magazine. She is a Hufflepuff who grew up in Michigan.