Laurie Ann Doyle is the author of World Gone Missing, which The New York Times bestselling author Edan Lepucki praised as “a gorgeous debut.” Winner of the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award and a Pushcart Prize nomination, her stories and essays appear in McSweeny’s, Alta Journal, Under the Sun, Jabberwock Review, The Rumpus, The Santa Fe Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review and many other publications. She teaches writing at The Writers Grotto and at UC Berkeley Extension, where she is an honored instructor. Find her online at

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