Ali McGhee is a writer and journalist living in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. In 2015, she completed a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Rochester. Her research and writing focus on boundary transgressions, intersections of human creativity, technology, and the natural world, and hauntings, both literal and figurative. Her creative writing has appeared in Slippery Elm Literary Journal, and she was a finalist for Glimmer Train's and New South's new fiction contests. Her academic work has been published in Romantic Circles, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, Symbiosis, and Atlantic Studies. She recently published an edited collection, Urban Monstrosities: Perversity and Upheaval in the Unreal City, with co-editor Joseph DeFalco Lamperez. She is currently at work on a novel about people turning into trees.