Yelizaveta P. Renfro’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Witness, Blue Mesa Review, So to Speak, and the anthology A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection (University of Illinois Press/OV Books, 2008). Her short story collection, A Catalogue of Everything in the World, won the 2008 St. Lawrence Book Award and is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. “Mother Muteness: Writing My Way Out of Silence” originally appeared in So to Speak(Winter/Spring 2008) under the title “Mother” and also received the Karen Dunning Women’s Studies Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Yelizaveta’s essay, “A Letter to My Daughter (To Be Sent in the Future),” received third place in the Demeter Press/Association for Research on Mothering Creative Nonfiction Contest and appears in the Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering Special Issue on Mothers and Daughters (2008). Yelizaveta has an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University and is completing her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln She is the mother of a four-year-old daughter and one-year-old son.