Alexis Pride, Director of Graduate Programs, earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, where today she is a full-time Fiction Writing Department professor. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is a novelist, playwright, producer, and founder of the AJ Ensemble Theatre Company. Excerpts from this work were published in f5, f6, and Ink Stains. She is a contributing writer to Chicago Innerview, has served as editor for the internationally circulated literary anthologies PragueMalion and Belletrist, and is presently working toward the completion of her second novel, Game Keepers. An excerpt from this novel, entitled "Sex Kills," appeared in the March 2009 issue of TriQuarterly. Pride's play I AM, sponsored by the Salvation Army, went into production in the fall of 2009. Pride received the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Award for her short story "Fried Buffalo."