Simeon Marsalis is a writer from New Rochelle, NY, who earned an MFA in 2019 from Rutgers University-Newark, where he is currently a part-time lecturer. His first novel, As Lie Is to Grin, was published by Catapult in 2017 and was shortlisted by the Center for Fiction for the first novel prize. His essay “Why Jazz: A Music Festival Review,” was published in Catapult _in the same year. He wrote a screenplay for NJPAC’s “City Verses” project entitled _Echoes of The Lion, which will debut in 2021. His short story, “The Dryer,” is forthcoming in KARMA Galleries’ Reading at Karma Magazine. Another story, “The Exterminator,” will appear in the Fall 2021 Founder’s Issue of Lampblack, a magazine and literary organization he helped to co-found. Marsalis is currently at work on his second novel, End Times.