Diane Lefer is an author, playwright, and activist whose most recent short-story collection, California Transit, was awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and published by Sarabande Books. With Colombian exile Hector Aristizábal she is co-author of the nonfiction book, The Blessing Next to the Wound (Lantern Books, 2010) named by Amnesty International as a book to read during Banned Books Week while their theatrical collaboration, Nightwind, has toured the US, Canada, and the world, including performances for human rights organizations in Colombia and Afghanistan. Her short crime novel, Nobody Wakes Up Pretty, is forthcoming from Rainstorm Press. She has taught and led workshops at universities, arts festivals, and for social justice organizations in the US and Latin America.