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Bess Winter has written on the topics of: dolls, mummies, taxidermy, death, horse tails, stolen eggs, Victorians, primates, private school girls, daguerreotypes, gas leaks, etc. Her work appears in American Short FictionAlaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, and elsewhere, and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and the American Short[er] Fiction Prize. She’s received fellowships and scholarships from Yaddo and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She grew up in Toronto, Canada. She has taught creative writing to kids, teens, and adults at StoryStudio Chicago, WordPlay Cincinnati, and elsewhere. She’s an Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, where she’s Editor-in-Chief of Bluestem. Think of an old lady’s life: gardening, knitting, tucking sweaters in among mothballs, gluing the arm back onto a 19th century doll. That’s what she does when she’s not writing.