Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the novel, Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln, which was a Finalist for an LA Times Book Prize, and the memoir, The Russian Word for Snow. Her latest novel, A Master Plan for Rescue, was released in 2015. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and her travel writing has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Backpacker. She lives in San Francisco, where she is a member of the SF Writers’ Grotto and teaches classes in creative writing. She attended the Community of Writers in 1997, 1998 and 2001 and returned in 2009 to serve on the staff.