Elizabeth Benedict is a graduate of Barnard College and the author of five novels, including the bestseller Almost and the National Book Award finalist Slow Dancing. She is the editor of the New York Times bestselling anthology What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts that Mattered Most and Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives. Her journalism, short fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Huffington Post, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, The Rumpus, Salmagundi, Daedalus and Playboy (Japan). Two of her essays were selected as Notable Essays in Best American Essays collections. She has taught widely and works as a writing coach and editor.