Karol Lagodzki left Poland at twenty. His non-writing careers have ranged from fixing stucco while dangling from roofs in Paris to sorting through human cadaver heads in Jacksonville. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Storm Cellar, Panel Magazine, NUNUM, Streetlight Magazine, and elsewhere. One of Karol’s stories won the 2020 Ruritania Prize for Short Fiction, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart and the Best of the Net anthologies. His novel Controlled Conversations was longlisted for the 2022 Dzanc Books Prize in Fiction. He holds an MFA in fiction and gives back by serving as a reader for two literary journals. Karol lives halfway down an Indiana ravine with his family and a large dog.