Rosellen Brown has published eleven books – novels, short stories, poetry, essays – and has lived in almost as many places – New York, Boston, San Francisco, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Texas and, currently, Chicago. After many years on the faculty of the University of Houston and more than a dozen summers leading the Spoleto (Italy) Writers’ Workshop, she now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She has one husband, two daughters, one grand-daughter, one cat, too many books (read and unread) on her sagging shelves, and lives in Mr. Obama’s (ex-) Neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan.

Rosellen Brown's characters move me to tears.
—Annie Dillard