Michelle Chihara grew up in Northern California but loves Los Angeles, making her a heretic. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in n+1, Trop Magazine, the Green Mountains Review, the Santa Monica Review, Echoes, Mother Jones, and the Boston Phoenix, among others. She is currently the Mellon Fellow in English at Whittier College, teaching creative writing and American literature. Her research involves real estate, financial panics and contemporary culture. You can find her online at http://thisblueangel.com.