Kass5Nov16KASS FLEISHER WAS BORN IN WILMINGTON, DE, in 1959, and raised in the Philadelphia, PA, metro area.  She holds degrees in English from Dickinson College (B.A., 1981), University of North Dakota (M.A., 1989), and Binghamton University (Ph.D., 1993). She spent four years as the administrative manager of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Fleisher is the author of five books: the novel Dead Woman Hollow (Excelsior Editions, 2012), the first in a trilogy of historically inspired novels set in northern Appalachia; Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman (Dalkey Archive, 2008); the documentary nonfiction work, The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History (SUNY, 2004); and two prose works that trouble the divide between fiction and memoir, The Adventurous (Factory School, 2006) and Accidental Species: A Reproduction (Chax, 2005). With Caitlin M. Alvarez, Fleisher has also edited a wide-ranging literary anthology, Litscapes: Collected US Writings 2015 (Steerage, 2015). Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Iowa Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Bombay Gin, Ragazine, Postmodern Culture, Z Magazine, American Book Review, and electronic book review, and her fiction has been awarded annual prizes from The Dickinson Review and Plainswoman. Fleisher’s screenplays, coauthored with Joe Amato, have reached the semifinal rounds of the Nicholl Fellowship and Chesterfield competitions, and on three occasions, have placed in the Second Round of the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Fleisher is the founder and publisher of Steerage Press, and teaches creative writing and literature with the Department of English at Illinois State University. You can find her at ISU, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Google+, at Wikipedia, and at Amazon.

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