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brendahoodBrenda Hood is a writer living near Dayton, Ohio. Her short fiction has been published in For the Time Being and The Arizona Quarterly, and her story won first prize in The Arizona Quarterly‘s annual Best Short Story Award. She has also published a one-act play with Lillenas and recently a personal essay in The Michigan Quarterly Review. The essay was also a finalist for Ruminate Magazine’s VanderMey Nonfiction prize.

In late 2011 she began her first full-length book, a memoir titled A Half-Painted House. She recently finished her first novel, tentatively titled Gunbarrel Hill. Her blog is about the process of writing and getting published.

Brenda holds a B.A. in creative writing. During her work career she has been an editor, technical writer and web programmer, ultimately serving as Vice President of Corporate Relations at a research and development company. In addition to writing and reading, she enjoys playing guitar, singing, horseback riding and gardening. She and her husband have six children and two grandchildren.


“Words are always a gamble, words are splinters from cut glass. I write because it is dangerous, a bloody risk, like love, to form the words, to say the words, to touch the source, to be touched, to reveal how vulnerable we are, how transient.” -Terry Tempest Williams

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