Lucy Biederman is a novelist, essayist, scholar, playwright, visual artist, and poet. Her novella The Walmart Book of the Dead won the 2017 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Award and was a Finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year. Her short stories, essays, poems, and art have appeared in North American Review, Poetry, AGNI, and Ploughshares. An excerpt from her novel-in-progress about the Salem Witch Trials recently appeared in Early American Literature. Her scholarship appears in The Henry James Review, Women’s Studies, The Emily Dickinson Journal, and Studies in the Literary Imagination. She has received creative and scholarly grants from Cleveland Public Theatre, Pennsylvania State University, the Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab, Case Western Reserve University, and Tin House. She holds an MFA in poetry from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She works as a Writing Specialist at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and teaches Critical Thinking & Writing through Illinois Humanities’ Odyssey Project.