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Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, Dictionary Poems, and two novels: The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, and her latest, Self Storage. She is also a teacher and activist, and has been named a Writer Who Makes a Difference by The Writer Magazine. She writes the weekly alert for CODEPINK: Women for Peace, and is a founding member of the Women Creating Peace Collective in Riverside, CA, where she teaches at UC Riverside and is mother to two teenage children.