Marian Pierce has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Paul Engle Fellowship for excellence of prose style in fiction. Her stories have appeared in Portland Monthly magazine, GQ, STORY, The Mississippi Review, Puerto del Sol, Confrontation, Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops 1997, and Creative Writer’s Handbook (3rd ed). She won the 2009 Wordstock Fiction Competition, and is a previous winner of the Frederick Exley Fiction Competition, sponsored by GQ. She has received fellowships from Literary Arts and the MacDowell Colony, and was shortlisted for the 2008 David Wong fellowship at the Univ. of East Anglia for an author writing about the Far East. She teaches creative writing at Marylhurst University and online for UCLA, and also works as a science editor and yoga teacher.