Vivian Heller received her Ph.D. in English Literature and Modern Studies from Yale University. Her non-fiction publications include Joyce, Decadence, and Emancipation (University of Illinois Press) which won the Choice Book Award, and The City Beneath Us (W.W. Norton & Company.) Her essays have appeared in New Observations, The Journal of Literature and Medicine and The Georgetown Review. Her short stories have appeared in Confrontation, Bomb and Fence. She received a NYFA Fellowship in 2011 and a Yaddo Fellowship in 2013 to complete her upcoming book, a work of creative non-fiction based on family archives. She has taught literature and writing at Bennington, Barnard and Bard. She has worked as a facilitator and scribe for Narrative Medicine workshops at The NYU/Bellevue Program for the Survivors of Torture. She is a long-standing member of the PEN Prison-Writing Committee.