Judith Cooper lives and works in Chicago. Her short stories have appeared in the anthology New Stories from the Midwest, Burrow Press Review, The Normal School, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and many other publications. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for Best American Fantasy, and was a finalist for both the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and the Glimmer Train Family Matters contests. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship, an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and several other awards. She has been a fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Hambidge, and has had residencies at Ragdale and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. She has taught at Columbia College and The Newberry Library, and now works as a consulting content strategist for various digital agencies. Her work focuses on race, religion and the role of the outsider. She is currently working on a short story collection, a novel and a memoir.