Anna taught public high school English for ten years, then did the math and retired early. (5 classes= 180 students @2 essays per month= 360 essays @4 pages each= 1440 pages per month + thoughtful and helpful comments x school year= argh!) Now she writes novels, short stories, poems, personal essays, and accounts of her attempts to befriend the neighborhood crows. Ages ago, she earned a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and an Ed.M. from Harvard and now enjoys reading, gardening, thrift shopping, and the company of her two astonishing daughters.