Kate Charlton-Jones read English literature at New Hall, Cambridge, before becoming a teacher in London. She returned to academia after having three children. Novelist and memoirist DeWitt Henry is a professor of writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College. He is the author of Safe Suicide and the editor of Sorrow’s Company: Great Writers on Loss and Grief. He was a founding editor of the literary journal Ploughshares. Monica Yates, a daughter of Richard Yates, lives near Flint, Michigan, with her husband and four children.