Elaine Starkman began writing seriously with the birth of her fourth child in 1970. Much of her early work is related to writing and raising a family. Her later work includes a memoir about her elderly mother-in-law coming to live in California, titled Learning to Sit in the Silence: A Journal of Caretaking. She has co-edited the international collection Here I Am: Contemporary Jewish Stories from Around the World, which won a 1999 Oakland, CA/PEN Award. Some of her additional works appear in Famlly: Views from the Interior, (Graywolf), East Bay Guardian, Hanging Loose, Mothering, and others. She currently teaches memoir writing in Northern California and has just published her 5th chapbook of poems, MOVING: Poems 1992?2002, available by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org.