Jessica Wilbanks is the author of When I Spoke in Tongues, a memoir about faith and its loss. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize as well as awards from Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Redivider, and Ruminate magazine. Her essays have received Notable Mentions in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and she was recently selected as a finalist for the PEN Center USA’s annual Literary Award in Journalism. Jessica received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Houston, where she served as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast. She lives and writes in Houston.