Lydia Peelle is the author of a collection of short stories, Reasons For And Advantages Of Breathing. Peelle was born in Boston; her fiction has appeared in Granta, One Story, Orion, Epoch, The Sun, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize and two Pushcart Prizes, and her stories have twice appeared in Best New American Voices. A former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a graduate of Cornell University and the MFA program at the University of Virginia, she now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Peelle read from her work on October 15, 2009, in Cornell’s Goldwin Smith Hall. This interview took place earlier the same day.