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Elaine Barnard is the author of four novels, and several plays. Her short stories have won awards and been published in numerous literary journals such as Anak Sastra, Lowestoft Chronicle, Apple Valley, Kyso, carte blanche, Southword and many others. She has been a finalist for Glimmer Train and Best of the Net. Recently she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fiction. Her collection of short stories from her travels in Asia, Emperor of Nuts: Intersections Across Cultures is forthcoming from New Meridian Arts. She received Writers Residency awards from Dorland Mountain, Temecula, CA, Ossabaw Island, Savannah, GA, Millay Colony, New York, N Y, Wurlitzer Colony, Taos, NM, Creekwood Colony, Alabama. She received her BA from the University of Washington, Seattle and her MFA from the University of California, Irvine.