Joan Frank is the author of the story collection Boys Keep Being Born, which was both a Bay Area Book Reviewers' Award and Paterson Fiction Award Finalist. Her stories appear in many journals and anthologies, including The Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, Salmagundi, Confrontation, Americans in Paris, and The Book of Eros. She is a MacDowell Colony and VCCA Fellow, Pushcart Prize nominee, recipient of a Barbara Deming Grant, and winner of the Iowa Fiction Award and Emrys Fiction Award. She lives in Northern California. Miss Kansas City was her first novel.