Catherine Taylor’s writing has appeared in Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, Jacket2, Xantippe, Postmodern Culture, Action Yes, Witness, and elsewhere. Her first book was Giving Birth: A Journey into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam, 2002). She has worked as a producer, writer, and researcher on a number of documentary films including The Exiles, which won an Emmy Award, and was a co-founder of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Taylor is also founding editor of Essay Press. She received her PhD from Duke University, has twice been a visiting fellow at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town, and teaches at Ithaca College.