Carolyn Ferrell is the author of the short-story collection, Don’t Erase Me, which was awarded the 1997 Art Seidenbaum Award of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the John C. Zachiris First Fiction Prize given by Ploughshares, and the Quality Paperback Book Prize for First Fiction. Her stories and essays have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2018, edited by Roxane Gay; The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike; Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present edited by Gloria Naylor; and most recently Apple, Tree: Writers on their Parents, edited by Lise Funderberg. She is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Association, the German Academic Exchange (D.A.A.D.), the Bronx Council on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1996, she has been a faculty member in both the undergraduate and MFA programs at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in New York with her husband and children.