Juyanne James was raised in rural Louisiana. She holds an MA in Literature (University of New Orleans) and a MFA in Writing (Spalding University). Her short fiction has appeared in various journals, including The Louisville Review, Mythium: the Journal of Contemporary Literature and Cultural Voices, and Eleven Eleven, as well as the anthology Something in the Water: 20 Louisiana Stories (Portals Press, 2010). She has written for Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts Commissioning Project ("You Don't Know Me, Child"), and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize on three occasions. Her story, “The Elderberries,” appeared in New Stories from the South: Best of 2009. She has also published the personal essay, “Table Scraps” (Bayou Magazine, 2013), which was a notable in Best American Essays 2014. She lives in New Orleans and teaches writing at the University of Holy Cross.