Dawn Dorland was a finalist for the 2016 Writers @Work Emerging Writer award and the 2017 Annenberg Community Beach House Writing Residency in Santa Monica. She’s been a fellow at Ragdale, Hambidge, the Vermont Studio Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and has received scholarships from the MFA program at the University of Maryland, the Squaw Valley Writers Workshops, and elsewhere. Dawn teaches fiction and nonfiction on the faculty of Writing Workshops Los Angeles, online for GrubStreet, and at the Downtown Women’s Center, serving the homeless women of Skid Row. Raised in poverty in rural Iowa, Dawn graduated summa cum laude from Scripps College and with a degree in world religions from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Los Angeles and is at work on her first novel.