Jill Dearman is an author, editor and writing coach whose articles have been published in New York Daily News, Time Out New York, Publishers Weekly, Punk, Redbook, Nextbook, and numerous other publications. Her book for writers, "Bang the Keys," was published by Penguin in August, 2009. She is the "Writing Blogger" for Barnes and Noble.com, where she files a weekly column of author interviews called "Writer to Writer." Dearman's nonfiction essays have been published in New York Stories, Lilith, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Constellation, Thereby Hangs A Tale and other publications. Her fiction has been anthologized by Cleis Press and published in The North Atlantic Review, The Portland Review and her story "Queen of the Merge" was awarded first prize in fiction by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Dearman has served as curator of the Writers Room Reading Series at Cornelia Street Cafe; she also served as a panelist for the 2007 New York Foundation for The Arts Nonfiction Grants Committee. Dearman contributes regularly to The Writer Magazine. She received an undergraduate degree in film and writing from SUNY Purchase and holds an MFA in Creative Writing, nonfiction concentration, from the New School. She teaches The Art of Editing: From Copy Editing to Top Editing and Critical Writing: The Arts in New York City.