Maureen Aitken’s collection of short stories, The Patron Saint of Lost Girls, is a Nilsen Prize Winner and received a Kirkus Star and a Foreword Review Star. Her writing also won the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative Grant, the Loft Mentor Award, an award in Ireland’s Fish Short Story Prize, and a grant from the SASE/Jerome Foundation. She was a 2019 Minnesota Book Award Finalist in the Novel and Short Story Category. Her stories have been widely published and have received three Pushcart Prizes nominations. She teaches writing at the University of Minnesota, where she received her MFA degree.