Alex Pickens grew up next to a 200-foot cliff and once had a pet raccoon. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English and a B.S. in economics from James Madison University. His work has appeared in Tuck Magazine, Gardy Loo, Jersey Devil Press, and in the forthcoming issue of The Write Launch, while his comedy Black Friday was an honorable mention at the 2017 Screenplay Festival. He is working on a novel and another screenplay and writes poetry when he is mentally unstable.