Patricia Ann McNair is the author of the short story collection The Temple of Air. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, Other Voices, F, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Air Canada's en Route magazine, and others. McNair is also published in The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction, edited by Dinty Moore, and is a regular contributor to Elks Magazine. Her honors include a number of Illinois Arts Council Awards and Pushcart Prize nominations in fiction and creative nonfiction, Columbia College Chicago's Excellence in Teaching Award, and a nomination for the Carnegie Foundation's US Professor of the Year Award. She has served as Writer in Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy and visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University in Bath, UK. McNair was the 2011/2012 acting chair of the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.