Sharon Solwitz has published stories in such magazines as Tri-Quarterly, Ploughshares and Mademoiselle. Their awards include the Pushcart, the Nelson Algren and the Katherine Ann Porter prize along with grants and fellowships from the Illinois and Kansas Arts Councils. Her story collection Blood and Milk (Sarabande) received the Carl Sandburg award and the Midland Authors prize, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Author Bob Shacochis says, “Whatever Sharon Solwitz writes, I hunger to read, marveling at the bold honesty of her voice, wordplay like swordplay, and the startling implosive force of her narratives.” She has published a novel Bloody Mary (Sarabande) and teaches fiction writing at Purdue University. Her story “Alive” appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012. An essay on Alice Munro is forthcoming in the AWP Chronicle.