From the Publisher
Louise Rafkin earned her B.A. in English from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and her M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1981. When she is not cleaning houses all over the world or practicing martial arts, Louise Rafkin is writing--fiction, non-fiction, essays, and reviews. She has contributed to numerous magazines, including: "Ladies' Home Journal," "New York Times Magazine," "Boston Phoenix," and "OUT." Her work has appeared in many other publications, including: "The Bay Guardian," "Poets & Writers," "Women's Review of Books," and "Whole Earth Review."
Rafkin has published several books, some of which include: "Different Mothers" (Cleis Press, 1990), "Street Smarts: A Woman's Guide to Personal Safety" (Harper SF, 1995), "The Tiger's Eye, The Bird's Fist: A Beginner's Guide to the Martial Arts" (! Little, Brown, 1997), and "What Do Dogs Dream?" (Andrews and Mcmeel, 1998).
In the past several years, Louise Rafkin has received plenty of awards and recognition for her writing. She has won the San Francisco Cable Car Award for Best Local Writing in 1989, first place in the San Francisco "Bay Guardian"'s fiction competition in 1989, and a Lambda Literary Award in 1991. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Zimtbaum Foundation Fine Arts Work Center, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and a grant from the Ludwig/Vogelstein Foundation.
Rafkin and her partner Susie live in Berkeley, California. "Other People's Dirt" is her first book with Algonquin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
Wow! Thanks to everyone who read Other People's Dirt -- your comments are interesting and quite varied! Happy cleaning! Stay tuned for the next tell- all.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.