Peggy Shinner is the author of You Feel So Mortal/Essays on the Body (University of Chicago Press, April 2014). Her work has appeared in BOMB, The Southern Review, Colorado Review, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Fourth Genre, Bloom, and most recently in Salon. She has been awarded two Illinois Arts Council fellowships and a fellowship at Ausable Press. Currently, she teaches in the MFA program at Northwestern University. As a trained martial artist, she taught Seido karate for seventeen years. A lifelong Chicagoan, she lives with her partner, designer and book artist Ann Tyler.