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was born in Switzerland, the daughter of American musicians. My father performed for 5 years as  lead tenor of the Zürich Opera House.  In the States, we moved a lot, with quick stays in Maryland and  Illinois, then Ann Arbor, Michigan and Oberlin, Ohio. Later, I lived decades in Berkeley, North Oakland, and the Mission District in San Francisco. I  left the Bay Area to teach in the English Department and Graduate Creative Writing Program at Indiana University-Bloomington. 


I took very early retirement and currently live in the DC Metro area where the "world moves through."

SELECTED AWARDS: Ellen Gilchrist Award for Short Fiction, Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, Lawrence Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Kenyon Review Prize for Literary Excellence in Fiction. Numerous distinguished and honorable mentions in Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and O.Henry Prize Stories.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: More than 250 poems, essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, Iowa Review, New England Review, Southern Review, L.A. Times Summer Fiction Issue, Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Story Quarterly, Story Magazine, American Fiction, Prairie Schooner,  Alaska Quarterly Review, Hotel Amerika, Journal of Critical Animal Studies,  Journal of Animal Law, Puerto del Sol, Witness, Gulf Coast, Cream City Review, Slipstream, Rattle, etc.

SELECTED ANTHOLOGIES AND BOOK CHAPTERS: Don't Look Now; Crossing the Color Line; Options for Teaching Literature and Law;  Posthumanism and Educational Research; High Infidelity;  An Intricate Weave: Women Write about Girls and Girlhood, Listening to the Voices, Rules of Thumb, Creating Fiction, Altered States, etc.


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