Molly Bess Rector is a poet, editor, and writing consultant living in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she cocurates the Open Mouth Reading Series—a community-based poetry series that hosts monthly readings by visiting writers, as well as workshops and retreats. Molly earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Arkansas and currently works as project editor for the University of Arkansas Press. She is the recipient of residencies from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center, and she served as the inaugural poetry editor for The Arkansas International. Molly has also been awarded a grant by the Artists 3 60 program to write poems exploring the human elements of nuclear technology. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Best New Poets 2019 among others.