Christine Sneed‘s first book, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, won AWP’s 2009 Grace Paley Prize in short fiction and was a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, first fiction category. It has been awarded Ploughshares magazine’s first book award and the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year in the traditionally published short fiction category. Her second book, a novel titled Little Known Facts, will be published by Bloomsbury Press in early 2013. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Southern Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, TriQuarterly Online, Notre Dame Review and a number of other journals. She is a member of the creative writing faculty at DePaul University and Northwestern University and lives in Evanston.