Kathy Flann is the author of the short story collection, Smoky Ordinary, winner of the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award, Get a Grip, winner of the George Garrett Fiction Prize, the recently released How To Survive a Human Attack, and a book of essays, WRITE ON: Secrets to Crafting Better Stories. Her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including Blackbird, The Gettysburg Review, The North American Review, Shenandoah, and New Stories from the South. For five years, Kathy served as a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of creative writing at the University of Cumbria in England. During that time, she created mini-courses for the BBC’s Get Writing website and served on the board of the National Association of Writers in Education. After a move to Baltimore, Maryland, Kathy taught creative writing at Goucher College for eleven years, receiving tenure and promotion to Associate Professor along the way. She currently teaches writing at the Johns Hopkins Center of Talented Youth.