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About Lillian Hamrick

Lillian's work is informed by her professional life as a criminal defense lawyer in Oakland and a literacy tutor at San Quentin. Her short fiction can be found in The Southern Humanities Review, a story based on Queen of Mercy, her most recent novel, was a finalist for the Dana Award for Short Fiction and her first novel, The Secret War, was a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Award. She has been awarded residencies at Kimmell, Harding, Nelson, Ragdale, Brush Creek and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Lillian has a B.A. in English from Yale, an M.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley and a law degree from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.