Shirley A. Serviss is a writer, editor, writing instructor and Artist-on-the-Wards at the University of Alberta Hospital. Her first poetry collection, Model Families (Rowan Books, 1992) was short-listed for Alberta Book of the Year. Her second collection, Reading Between the Lines (Rowan Books, 2000) was nominated for the City of Edmonton Book Prize and was awarded the Canadian Authors Association's Exporting Alberta Award. She also co-edited, with Wynne Edwards, an anthology of women's writing on depression entitled Study in Grey (Rowan Books, 1999). Her poetry and essays have appeared in numerous literary publications and collections.