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. She served as the Teaching Artist for the Montana Art Mobile for two years. Her work has appeared in The Missoula Independent, The Missoulian, Mountain Outlaw Magazine, and in The Glasgow Courier. She is the founding co-editor of Brine the Zine and Co-Director for the Montana Book Festival. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Nonfiction at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.