Jared Morningstar is a high school English teacher and adjunct English professor. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree (Major: English/Creative Writing, Minor: History) from Saginaw Valley State University in 2005 and his Master’s Degree (Focus: English Language and Literature) from the University of Michigan: Flint in 2015. His writings reflect his interests and his observations of the world. In addition to literature, Morningstar loves music, playing guitar, late night diner experiences, and long road trips. He has written two collections of poetry and short fiction: American Fries: Poems and Stories (2020) and American Reality: Poems and Stories (2021), both published by Alien Buddha Press. Morningstar’s short story, “Saying Goodbye to Baby Blue,” was nominated for the 2021 Pushcart Prize. He lives in Michigan with his wife and children.