Ana McCracken received her Bachelor of Science and MFA in Creative Writing and Environment degrees from Iowa State University. Her personal essays are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, the anthologies Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God and The Joy of Adoption, and her poetry in Telepoem Booth®Iowa. She has served as a board of director for Litquake in San Francisco, and was recently elected to the Willa Cather Foundation Board of Governors. Passionate about building and uplifting communities through the art of writing and storytelling, she founded the Ames Writers Collective in 2021.