Originally from Chicago, IL, Arely Anaya (uh-RE-lee uh-NAH-yuh) lives in Saint James, MN, a town of about 4,000 people. She’s the middle child of ten and moved homes quite a bit as a kid. W is for Watonwan, an ABC children’s book, was her first publication in 2011. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2019 with a major in fiction writing and a minor in writing for television. Her latest fiction piece, “The Safe Place” can be read in Hair Trigger‘s Winter, 2020 issue. When Anaya isn’t writing, she’s teaching English Language Arts to grades 7 and 11 and assisting the English as a Secondary Language Department at Butterfield-Odin Public School in Butterfield, MN. When she isn’t teaching, she’s most likely watching a film or tv show.