Word witch, sculptor of sentences, I remember sitting down at my dad's manual Underwood and plonking out a paragraph, then two, then several. I loved that ding-clunk of the shift return, the excitement of a second page. So that's what I do, except now on a MacBook Air. 

I've been the fiction editor of Contrary Magazine almost since its inception in 2003. I've had the pleasure of publishing so many writers whom I admire—Tania Hershman, Jenn Givhan, Corey Mesler, Steve Mitchell, and so many others. 

To keep body and soul together, I work in marketing at Western Washington University, on a campus I miss during this pandemic with people I am fortunate to see on Zoom regularly. I have some of the best work family in the universe. I would give them all my kidneys, but I only have two

I live in Bellingham, Washington home of excellent beer, even better coffee, my sweet little family, and the launching pad for Death Cab for Cutie. 


I received my B.A. at Hollins University and my M.F.A. at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I also have done educational stints at the University of Rhode Island Goethe Institut and the Hochschule fur Film und Fernsehen in Munich. 

©Frances Badgett | 2022

©Frances Badgett | 2018

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