Julie Schumacher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University. Her first published story, “Reunion,” written to fulfill an undergraduate writing assignment (“tell a family tale”) was reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 1983. Subsequent stories were published in The Atlantic, MS, Minnesota Monthly, and Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards 1990 and 1996. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was published by Soho Press in 1995 and was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. It was published in translation in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Israel, Greece, and Korea.Her other books include the national best-seller, Dear Committee Members (winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor); Doodling for Academics; and five novels for younger readers. Ms. Schumacher lives in St. Paul and is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of Minnesota, where she has been recognized as a “Scholar of the College.”