Deborah Siegel, assistant to the chair of the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, received her MFA in Creative Writing–Fiction from Columbia in 2008. Her novel-length thesis, “Ponderosa Bones,” has been sitting by her couch gathering dust since graduation. Siegel also holds a degree in dance. She worked as a dance choreographer, performer and improvisation artist, taught in Columbia’s Dance Department for 25 years, produced numerous dance concerts, and received grants and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. She founded and directed IRIS Dance Improvisation Group, a vehicle for exploration and performance of made-in-the-moment dance and sometimes story, and collaborations with musicians, writers and visual artists. While a grad student, she worked in the Publishing Lab, taught for Act/Write, co-edited the Story Week Reader, and had works published in Flashquake, Bookslut and Hair Trigger. After earning her MFA, Siegel taught English Composition and tutored at Morton College.