Robert Helfst earned his MFA in fiction writing from Butler University in 2017. While there, he completed a First Year Seminar Teaching Fellowship where he worked as a Teaching Fellow in a first-year composition course as well as an introductory creative writing course. He also holds a BA in Communication from the University of Indianapolis. His work has appeared in Etchings, Booth, and Pulp Modern. Robert lives in Indianapolis with his wife, son, three dogs, and three cats.