Garnett Kilberg Cohen has published two collections of short stories, Lost Women, Banished Souls (U of Missouri Press) and How We Move the Air (Mayapple Press), and a poetry chapbook, Passion Tour (Finishing Line Press). Her awards include a Notable Essay citation from Best American Essays 2011, the Crazyhorse National Fiction Prize (2004); the Lawrence Foundation Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review (2003); and four awards from the Illinois Council of the Arts, including a 2001 Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist's Fellowship for prose. Her essays and short stories have appeared in many publications, including American Fiction, Ontario Review, TriQuarterly, The Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, Descant, The Roanoke Review, The Nebraska Review, and many others. She has also published poetry in two anthologies, Dorothy Parker's Elbow (Warner Books) and A More Perfect Union (St. Martin's Press), as well as in many journals such as Tulane Review, Mid-American Poetry Review, Calyx, and The Maryland Review. A former fiction editor of The Pennsylvania Review and Hotel Amerkia, Garnett has also served as the review editor at Another Chicago Magazine and the former editor-in-chief of The South Loop Review. Garnett currently directs the Creative Writing—Nonfiction B.A. Program.
Garnett received her BA, magna cum laude, with honors in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1994 until 2005 she served as the Chairperson of the Department of English at Columbia College Chicago, where she has taught for over 20 years. Prior to assuming the chairpersonship, Garnett directed the college Writing Center. In 2007, she was named a Distinguished Artist at Columbia College Chicago, an honor that lasts for a period of two years.