Monica Reida was born in California and has lived in Arizona, as well as towns in Iowa smaller than the neighborhood she calls home in Chicago. She edits the politics section of the website Gapers Block. Her writing has appeared in NewCity, ACCESSline and the Iowa Theatre Blog. She writes the culture blog Punching a Jayhawk with her sister, Meghan-Annette. She is temporarily living in Michigan as she finishes up her degree in journalism. You may reach her by email at reida (dot) monica (at) gmail (dot) com.