RACHEL M. HARPER is the author of the novels Brass Ankle Blues and This Side of Providence, which was shortlisted for the Ernest J. Gaines Award. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and her poems, essays, and short fiction have been widely published and anthologized. She is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MFA from the University of Southern California. Harper is on the faculty of Spalding University’s School of Writing. She lives in Los Angeles with her wife Rebecca Walker and their children.