Lidia Yuknavitch’s previous novels include The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children (winner of the Oregon Book Award), both national bestsellers, and Dora: A Headcase. Her widely acclaimed memoir, The Chronology of Water, was a finalist for a PEN Center USA Award, and winner of the PNBA Award, and was named one of 80 Books Every Person Should Read by Esquire. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, Ms., and The Rumpus, among many other places, and her TED Talk, “The Beauty of Being a Misfit,” has been viewed two million times. She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland, Oregon, where she also teaches women’s studies, writing, film studies, and literature. She received her doctorate in literature from the University of Oregon. She lives in Portland with her husband, filmmaker Andy Mingo, and their Renaissance man son, Miles. She is a very good swimmer.