Bernadette Murphy writes about literature, women, risk taking, and life -- from motorcycles to neuroscience to knitting. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. A former weekly book critic for the Los Angeles Times, her writing has appeared in Salon, Literary Hub, Climbing Magazine, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, New York Observer, Palm Springs Life, Ms. magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, San Jose Mercury News, Newsday, BOOK magazine, and elsewhere. Her essays and short stories have been in featured in anthologies, including: Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, edited by Ann Hood; A Pink Suitcase: 22 Tales of Women's Travel, edited by Janna Graber; Wild with Child: Adventures of Families in the Great Outdoors, edited by Jennifer Bove and Mark Jenkins; My Little Red Book, edited by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff; Our Working Lives: Short Stories of People and Work, edited by Larry Smith and Bonnie Jo Campbell, and others. She holds an MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles and is the mother of three amazing young adults.