L.J. Engelmeier, known alternately as both Midwestern short story author Elliot LeGrange and poet J. Hugo, is the granddaughter of a mortician. Having grown up in a household where death was dinner table conversation, she could tell you in detail about men who shot their cheating wives during breakfast, phantom feet wearing spatterdashes that walked the funeral home’s halls, and the hilarious story of a homeless man’s head that lived in a bag in the garage.

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A graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Engelmeier holds a BA in English with a specialization in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing her MFA. A runner-up for the 2016 SIU Carbondale Literary & Art Award in Poetry, a recipient of a Silver Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, and a shortlisted poet in the March 2017 Creative Writing Ink poetry contest, Engelmeier has published in Schlock! Webzine, Aphotic Realm, Mystic Blue Review, and Lonesome October Lit, among other magazinesand recently released the novel A Shard of Sea and Bone (Wayfinding Press, 2018).