Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperSanFrancisco), Dictionary Poems (Pudding House), The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, and her latest novel, Self Storage. Other awards include the QPB/Story Magazine Short Fiction Award and a Peace Poetry prize from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. She was named a Writer Who Makes a Difference by the Writer Magazine. Gayle holds a BA in "Poetry and Movement: Arts of Expression, Meditation and Healing" from the University of Redlands and an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Women Creating Peace Collective and writes the weekly national alert for the women's peace organization CODEPINK. She lives in Riverside, CA with her husband and two teenagers.