Julianna Baggott received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1991. The recipient of fellowships from the Delaware Division of Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, she has placed poems and short stories in dozens of literary journals including the acclaimed anthology Best American Poetry 2000. She has also read her work on Boston's WBUR/NPR's "Here and Now" and NPR's "Talk of the Nation. Her novel, Girl Talk, was published in February 2001. Her collection of poems, This Country of Mothers, followed in April 2001, published by Southern Illinois University Press. Her second novel, The Miss America Family, was published by Pocket Books in April 2002. Baggott's third novel, The Madam -- which is based on the life of her grandmother who was raised in a house of prostitution in the twenties and thirties -- is due out in September 2003 from Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. For more information, see Julianna Baggott's website:www.juliannabaggott.com.