Rachel Sherman is the author of the novel LIVING ROOM and the book of short stories THE FIRST HURT. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Open City, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications. THE FIRST HURT was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. She teaches writing at Rutgers and Columbia Universities, and for the Ditmas Writing Workshops in Brooklyn. She is also the "fiction expert" for About.com.