Susan Ribner has been teaching writing at Hunter College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY), for more than twenty years, and currently teaches Creative Nonfiction workshops. She has taught memoir workshops funded by Poets & Writers as well as tutor training seminars at Bank Street College of Education. With her colleague Ron Grant, she also created the Gribner Nonfiction Manuscript workshops (www.Gribner.com) which were held in the U.S. and in the Prague Summer Program from 2005-2010. She holds an M.A. in TESOL from Hunter (1991) as well as an MFA from the University of New Orleans/Prague Summer Program program (2004). Ms. Ribner has published numerous articles on women’s history, children’s literature, and the martial arts, and has co-authored two nonfiction young adult books, The Martial Arts and Right On! An Anthology of Black Literature (the latter under the pseudonym Rebecca Moon). She received a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for a residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. She is currently working on a memoir from which these “Front Lawn/Back Yard Stories” have been excerpted. She is thrilled to have received a prize for these vignettes.