Tera Joy Cole was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She received her B.A. in American Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her M.A. in English from Idaho State University. Her article “Occupy,” about her visit to New York City in 2011 during the Occupy Movement, was published in The Bannock Alternative; she's also written for Inside Pocatello Magazine. She continues to write short fiction, and teaches literature and composition at Idaho State University.