After graduating from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2008, Tenley Lozano spent five years as an officer in the US Coast Guard. During her tenure, she worked in the engineering department on a ship that patrolled the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver to the equator chasing drug runners. She then attended Navy Dive School and spent two years as a Coast Guard Diver at Maritime Safety and Security Team 91109.
Tenley’s work has appeared in Permission to Speak Freely, O-Dark Thirty, The War Horse, and in the anthology Incoming: Veteran Writers on Returning Home. She was awarded Crab Orchard Review’s 2017 John Guyon Literary Nonfiction prize for an essay about PTSD and finding healing through backpacking with her dog. Tenley graduated from Sierra Nevada College in 2016 with an MFA in Creative Writing. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter, and visit her website.