Amy Hassinger is the author of three novels: Nina: Adolescence, The Priest’s Madonna, and After the Dam—which have been translated into six languages. Her fiction has won awards from the American Best Book Awards, IPPY, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Illinois Arts Council. Her nonfiction appears in such venues as The New York Times, Sierra, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her current projects include a middle grade novel set on the Galápagos Islands about the problem of extinction, and a book of creative nonfiction about singing and the pursuit of joy in the face of climate apocalypse. She teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois, and in her free time, enjoys singing with her band, The Jaybirds, and bothering her children.