AnnElise Hatjakes holds an MFA degree in fiction from the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to pursuing her MFA degree, she earned her master’s degree in writing. She lives in Reno with her husband, two cats, and five chickens and teaches at a school for gifted students and at UNR. She enjoys all things Reno, from competing in Texas hold ‘em poker tournaments to drinking a nightcap at one of this lovely and strange city’s many dive bars.
Currently in her fiction, she is experimenting with the use of humor to temper depictions of a world that can feel unrelentingly bleak. She is currently completing revisions on her novel, which lies at the intersection of satire and dystopia and explores the ever-narrowing gap between imagined dystopic futures and present-day news headlines. The first chapter of that manuscript was published in the journal, Drunk Monkeys.
As an educator, she has worked to expose her students to diverse voices that are often excluded from the canon or are otherwise silenced. She is the recipient of the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award, and the speech and debate team she coaches has competed on an international level.