Marilyn Krysl is both a poet and a fiction writer. She has published four collections of stories. Her work appears in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, and other journals, as well as in Best American Short Stories 2000, O. Henry Prize Stories, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Now retired from her professorship at the University of Colorado, she currently volunteers with the Lost Boys of Sudan and with C-SAW, the Community of Sudanese and American Women.