Gabriel Scala is an American writer, editor, educator, and new media artist who grew up primarily in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds degrees in creative writing and American literature from Bowling Green State University and the University of Mississippi, respectively. With nearly 15 years experience in literary and academic editing and publishing, Scala has spearheaded the creation of several undergraduate journals such as The Ash, Ashford Humanities Review and Valley Humanities Review. She has served as managing editor of Mid-American Review, founder and poetry editor of Valley Humanities Review, coordinating editor of Creative Nonfiction Books, and co-editor of Tapestry as well as sitting on the boards of The Willa Cather Foundation and VOX Press. Leaping from the Bottom Step (1997), Scala’s first chapbook, was awarded the Edna Muedt Scholarship for Creative Writing and published by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. In 2004, Scala’s second chapbook, Twenty Questions for Robbie Dunkle, was published by Kent State University Press as part of the Wick Chapbook Series. She currently divides her time between teaching, writing, and working on various collaborative projects in the digital humanities. She lives and works in the heart of the Mississippi delta.