Kristin Bair O'Keeffe is the author of the novels The Art of Floating (Penguin/Berkley, April 2014) and Thirsty (Swallow Press, 2009). Her work has been published in numerous magazines and journals, including Poets & Writers Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, The Baltimore Review, The Christian Science Monitor, HYPERtext, and Bluestem. With an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in English and journalism from Indiana University (Bloomington), Kristin has been teaching fiction and nonfiction writing workshops for the past twenty years. In 2006, she moved to Shanghai, China where she taught expat writers from all around the world, curated "Out Loud! The Shanghai Writers Literary Salon," and was a frequent speaker and moderator at the annual Shanghai International Literary Festival. After nearly five years in China, she repatriated to the United States and now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.