Monica Wood is the author of When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine, a New England bestseller, #1 bestseller in Maine, Oprah magazine summer-reading pick, and winner of the 2012 May Sarton Memoir Award. She is also the author of four works of fiction, including Any Bitter Thing, an ABA bestseller and Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie’s Ark, Secret Language, and My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award. Her widely anthologized short stories have won a Pushcart Prize and been featured on public radio, including the NPR program Selected Shorts. She also writes books for writers and teachers, including The Pocket Muse, volumes I and II. Her nonfiction has appeared in Oprah, New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, and many other publications. She lives in Portland, Maine, where she conducts a writing program for women at the Maine Correctional Center.