Pamela Painter is the author of two short story collections, Getting to Know the Weather and The Long and Short of It, as well as a collection of short shorts, Wouldn’t You Like to Know (2010). Among her many awards are three Pushcart Prizes and the John Cheever Award for Fiction. A teacher in the MFA program at Emerson College, Painter is also coauthor of the widely used textbook What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. She lives in Boston.