Marcia Brenner is an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department where she has been twice nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award. She has taught Story Workshop classes for the Schultz Group, Inc. with students of every age from second grade on up, and since 2005 has led the Creative Writing program for teens through After School Matters Gallery 37 Summer Arts Program. Brenner received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, has been an editor for two award-winning issues of Hair Trigger, and was a recipient of the Dwight D. Follett Fellowship. She has published short stories, essays, nonfiction, and selected work from her first novel, Stalking Nirvana, and her work has garnered awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Better Business Bureau. She gets to combine her love of metaphors with body work by teaching Classical Pilates at Chicago’s Frog Temple, where she is also a certified Pre and Postnatal Specialist. She is currently at work on deliciously geeky non-fiction material exploring educational neuroscience.