Tess Fahlgren was born and raised in rural Montana. She was the recipient of Montana Quarterly's 2016 Big Snowy Prize for Nonfiction and was a writer-in-residence at the Mining City Writing Project in 2017. Her work has appeared in The Missoula Independent, The Missoulian, Mountain Outlaw Magazine, and in The Glasgow Courier. She is the co-director for the Montana Book Festival and founding co-editor of Brine, a quarterly collaborative zine in Missoula, MT. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Nonfiction at the University of Minnesota.