Monica Reida was born in California and has lived in Arizona, Chicago, Michigan and towns in Iowa smaller than the neighborhood she called 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 currently lives in Milwaukee where she spends too much time in coffee shops.