Jane McCafferty writes fiction, essays, and poems. She is author of two novels, One Heart and First You Try Everything, both by HarperCollins, and two books of stories, Director of the World (U of Pitt, reissued by Carnegie Mellon) and Thank You For The Music, (HarperCollins.) Her work has received a National Endowment For The Arts award, The Drue Heinz Award, two Pushcart awards for fiction and essay, The Great Lakes New Writers Award, a Book Sense award, an Oprah book of the week award, and the Talking/Writing essay award judged by Mark Vonnegut. Her stories have appeared in Crazy Horse, Glimmer Train, Witness, and many other journals. She lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches fiction and non-fiction to undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon, and in the community as co-founder of the Pittsburgh Memoir Project with Laurie McMillan. She also teaches for the one of a kind Zafris-Kothari Novel Workshop.