Cassie Cartaginese is a fiction writer, Westchester native, and co-host of the Hudson Valley Writers Center’s Open Write night. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Purchase College, and is the author of the short story collection, We Shall Thrive Now and Other Stories. When she isn’t reading or writing, you can find Cassie teaching yoga, curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee, or trying to keep up with her tiny dog, Effie.