Contributor's Notes

Information on Billy Strayhorn’s life comes from Lush Life: a Biography of Billy Strayhorn, by David Hajdu, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1996.

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Amy Hassinger

Amy Hassinger is the author of the novels Nina: Adolescence (Putnam, 2003), The Priest's Madonna (Putnam, 2006), and After the Dam (Red Hen Press, 2016), which was a Finalist for the Siskiyou Prize in New Environmental Literature, sponsored by Ashland Creek Press. Her writing has been translated into six languages and has won a 2014 Finalist Award in Creative Nonfiction Magazine's "Human Face of Sustainability" contest, a 2006 Finalist Award in Prose from the Illinois Arts Council, and support from the Ucross Foundation and the Ragdale Foundation. She’s placed her work in publications including the New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, the Normal School, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Amy lives in Urbana, Illinois, and teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois, and in her free time enjoys singing with her band, The Jaybirds.