Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne), the novelsThe Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement, Self Storage (Ballantine), and Delta Girls (Ballantine), and her first novel for young people, My Life with the Lincolns (Henry Holt), which won a Silver Nautilus Book Award. She published The Book of Live Wires, the sequel to The Book of Dead Birds, as an ebook in 2011. Her poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in such places as Salon.com and The Rumpus, and have been widely anthologized. In 1986, when she was 18, Gayle's essay on the meaning of liberty was one of three included in the Centennial time capsule of the Statue of Liberty. Gayle teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Antioch University and lives in Riverside, CA, where she is mom to two adult kids and a toddler. She is serving a two year appointment as the current Inlandia Literary Laureate.