Catherine Sasanov received an N.E.A. Fellowship in 1997 and has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the author of Traditions of Bread and Violence (Four Way Books, 1996) and a new manuscript of poems called Raise the Dead Inside My Given Name. The Mabou Mines Theater Company commissioned her to write Las Horas de Belén: A Book of Hours, a play about a seventeenth-century Mexican women's sanctuary and prison.