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CAROL TEST is a short story writer and former editor-in-chief of Sonora Review. Raised in Phoenix, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and went on to found The Writing Cycle, a consultancy designed to empower writers to turn works-in-progress into books with polish, with reverence for the creative process.

Over the last ten years, she has taught creative writing workshops for The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Phoenix College and Mesa Community College.

Her work deals with promise and actuality, alienation and connection, and escapism versus engagement, tying these themes to the vast spaces of the American West and accelerated cultural changes of the early 21st Century.

Her fiction has been published in journals including Night Train, Red Rock Review, The Normal School, The Coachella Review, Monsoon Voices, The Review Review and Other Voices: Journal of Literary and Visual Arts, among others. She is the recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts Award, Swink’s Literary Award for Fiction and a scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a two-time finalist for Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her debut collection THE WEST IN YOU was selected as a Finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award from The University of Georgia Press.


When she’s not editing manuscripts or making color-coded to-do lists, you’ll find her hiking with her springer spaniel throughout the desert Southwest. She divides her time between her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, and Taos, New Mexico, where she is at work on a novel.

Check out Carol’s fiction in The Coachella Review.

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