From the University of Iowa Press...

From the University of Iowa Press...
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Holocaust Girls: History, Memory & Other Obsessions (essays)

Holocaust Girls: History, Memory & Other Obsessions (essays)
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The Sweetheart is In (stories)

The Sweetheart is In (stories)
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No-frills bio

Sandi is the author of two collections, The Sweetheart Is In, and Holocaust Girls: History, Memory, & Other Obsessions, and The Adventures of Cancer Bitch,
based on her blog. She grew up in Houston and lives in Chicago. Her M.F.A. is in fiction from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop; her B.S. is in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. She was a feature writer for the Miami Herald and has published prose and poetry in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tikkun, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and many other places. Her anthologized work is in Rules of Thumb: 73 Authors Reveal Their Fiction Writing Fixations (Writer's Digest) and Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction (Norton) and Creating Nonfiction: A Guide and Anthology (Bedford/ St. Martin's) . Her nonfiction has more or less recently appeared in Lilith, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, the Pinch, Crab Orchard Review and Colorado Review, Common Review and The Progressive. Her fiction (excerpts from her novel-in-progress) can be found in Prairie Schooner and the Seattle Review and more is forthcoming this spring in Fugue. She was a blogger for The Huffington Post and is one of two co-directors of Northwestern's M.A./M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. She also teaches in the University of Chicago's Graham School of General Studies, in the certificate program in creative writing. Until recently she was the creative nonfiction editor of Another Chicago Magazine. She's received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was the graduate faculty recipient of the 2006-2007 Distinguished Teaching Award, presented by Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies. E-mail her at SLwisenberg (at) sbcglobal.net.


Some-frills bio

S.L. Wisenberg is a a third-generation native Texan on her mother's side. She was a substitute portrait artist at an amusement park, Astroworld, which has since been destroyed. (She was nowhere near it at the time.) Despite the worst grades of her life senior year in college, she was accepted into the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. Nobody was talking about "creative nonfiction" back in those days. She is convinced she was accepted because she submitted a short story written in the second person, and this was before Jay McInerney used it in Bright Lights, Big City. She studied fiction, worked for newspapers, wrote fiction, did journalism, and so on and so forth. She has also written book reviews and poetry. She spent three wonderful summers teaching journalism cherubs at Northwestern. She spent three other wonderful summers getting educated by Uncle Sam in the National Endowment for the Humanities' summer seminars. She's taught writing at Northwestern, DePaul, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ragdale, and Roosevelt. She's published graphic art in the Chicago Tribune and Crain's Chicago Business and recently, collaged a notebook that was auctioned off for $40 (silently). To celebrate the end of chemo, she went to Philadelphia for a weekend mosaic class with Isaiah Zagar.