Nina McConigley was born in Singapore and raised in Wyoming. Her short-story collection Cowboys and East Indians was the winner of the PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. In 2019-2020, she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and is a 2022 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Creative Writing Fellowship. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, High Country News, O, Oprah Magazine, Parents, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, and The Asian American Literary Review among others. Her play based on Cowboys and East Indians was commissioned by the Denver Center for Performing Arts and will be premiering in February 2024 at the Colorado New Play Summit, and her essay collection will be published by the University of Georgia in 2025. She teaches at Colorado State University.