April’s books include an award-winning novel, Carousel, and story collection, The Poor Children, and a chapbook of poems, Death Is a Side-Effect. She’s a Pushcart Prize recipient for her short story “Project Fumarase,” and has enjoyed fully funded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ucross Foundation.

Recently, her essay “I Will Tell You This Much, and Then We’ll Never Talk About It” was selected as a Finalist for The Lascaux Review’s 2021 Prize in Creative Nonfiction. The essay is forthcoming next year in the Review’s prize anthology.

April holds a BA in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Concordia University, and a MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. To help shine some light during these dark pandemic times (and to finance her writing passion!), she works frontline in Youth and Family Support with a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk teens complete high school.