Bernadette Murphy is an MFA professor, author, former book critic, and collaborative writer. She is the author of the bestselling ZEN AND THE ART OF KNITTING and HARLEY AND ME. Her collaborative writing includes Minka Kelly’s TELL ME EVERYTHING. Her essays have appeared in LitHub, Ms. Magazine, The Rumpus, Climbing Magazine, New York Observer, and elsewhere. She was a weekly book critic for the Los Angeles Times,and an Associate Professor for the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, and she currently teaches at The Newport MFA at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.