about the author

Colleen is the author of two chapbooks: My Hot Little Tomato (Cherry Pie Press, 2007); and A Partial List of Things I Have Done for Money (The Saint Louis Projects, a division of JKPublishing, 2011). Additionally, she is co-editor of an anthology of personal narratives, Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak About Health Care in America (PenUltimate, 2008).

Colleen grew up in rural Missouri in the green, humid song of cicadas. She was a kid with chiggers in her socks, always playing with bugs. She then lived for twenty years in South Saint Louis, not far from the A-B Brewery, where the summer nights smelled like fried chicken and hops. She now lives in Oakland, CA, in a neighborhood that smells like marijuana, where the sidewalks are covered with fanged graffiti monsters whose speech bubbles say, “I love you.”

By day, she teaches art. By night, she daydreams. She likes to wander the streets and go off on tangents. 

Her email address is lilyofthegutter@yahoo.com. 

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