Stephanie P Watts
Stephanie Powell Watts is a professor at Bethlehem's Lehigh University. The story Unassigned Territory, which appeared in this book, won the Pushcart Prize and was cited in Best American Short Stories. Two pieces from the book were included in anthologies of Best New Stories from the South. Watts' writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Oxford American, New Letters, Black American Review, and others. She is a former Jehovah's Witness minister with a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was born and reared in Lenoir, North Carolina. She was named emerging writer of the year in fiction by the Southern Women Writers Conference.