Salima Alikhan has been a freelance writer and illustrator for 14 years. She loves both writing and history, so writing about the Great Chicago Fire was a perfect fit for her. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes and illustrates children's books, and teaches creative writing at St. Edward's University. Her books and art can be found online at www.salimaalikhan.net. Mayumi Shimose Poe is a freelance editor and writer. Recent work has appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Drunken Boat/Anomaly, Frontier Psychiatrist, Hawaii Women's Journal, Hunger Mountain, Hybolics, and Japan Subculture Research Center. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Hunger Mountain and won an Editor's Choice Award from Bamboo Ridge. She is a proud graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Vermont College of Fine Arts; has been on staff with Bamboo Ridge Press, Hawaii Women's Journal, and American Anthropologist; and is a reader for Black Lawrence Press. She lives with her husband and two sons in Los Angeles. Nikki Shannon Smith is from Oakland, California, but she now lives in the Central Valley with her husband and two children. She has worked in Elementary Education for over twenty-five years, and writes everything from picture books to young adult novels. When she's not busy with family, work, or writing, she loves to visit the coast. The first thing she packs in her suitcase is always a book.