Rachel Sherman holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Fence Magazine, Open City, Conjunctions, and N+1, among other publications. Her first book, THE FIRST HURT, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her first novel, LIVING ROOM, was released in 2009, also to broad critical acclaim. She teaches writing at Rutgers and Columbia Universities, and leads the Ditmas Writing Workshop. She blogs for the Parenting Section of The Huffington Post and is the “Fiction Expert” for About.com.