Colleen Shaddox's essays have appeared on National Public Radio and in The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other publications. She’s won a National Newspaper Association Award for humor writing and a JC Penney-University of Missouri Award for feature writing. As a journalist, she’s interviewed genocide survivors in Rwanda, a bank robber (who confessed during the interview), the inventor of Velcro and scores of politicians, artists and scientists. She was a regular writer for New Morning, which ran from 2002-2007 on the Hallmark Channel. Her play, “The Shakespeares,” won the Shakespeare in the Burg one-act completion in 2014. Her short fiction is frequently anthologized. She is an activist working to reform the juvenile justice system and combat child poverty. She has helped change laws in many states to reduce the number of children in prison. Colleen lives on an organic homestead with her husband, dog and chickens.