When Gail Konop Baker showed up at an impromptu interview wearing a T-shirt like the one on the cover of her new memoir, Cancer Is a Bitch, we were curious: Between the cover artist and the T-shirt designer, who'd inspired who? She told us that the book's cover had come about very late in the process, after she'd turned down four or five other ideas—until this design came along, she was sure they were going to wind up with a minimalist words-only cover à la Miranda July. "It was almost hard to look at at first," she said of the highly stylized version of herself. "I thought, 'Is that supposed to be me?'"
Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.
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