Dorothy Allison's first novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. Her second novel, Cavedweller, was a New York Times Bestseller, won the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for fiction and was a finalist for the Lillian Smith Prize. A chapbook of her performance work in the form of a memoir, Two or Three Things I know for Sure, was published in 1995. “Compassion” a short story from the collection Trash, appeared in The Best American Short Stories: 2003, and was selected for The Best of the South: 2003. Trash won Lamda Literary Awards for Lesbian Fiction and Lesbian Small Press Book. Her small press books include Skin: Talking About Sex, Class and Literature, a collection of Allison’s essays, speeches and performance pieces, which won the 1995 American Library Association Gay and Lesbian Book Award. She has published two editions of poetry, both titled The Women Who Hate Me. A novel is forthcoming from Penguin. Ms. Allison makes her home in Northern California with her partner Alix, and their son, Wolf Michael.