Margaret Wappler wrote about arts and culture for the Los Angeles Times for seven years, and has also published features and criticism in Rolling Stone, the Believer, LA Weekly, and several other publications. Her fiction has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Black Clock, Public Fiction, and was recently anthologized in Joyland Retro. In 2011 she read from her novel in progress with Ann Beattie as part of Benjamin Weissman's New American Writing series at the Hammer Museum, and also presented a multimedia talk on the economics of the music video at the EMP Pop Music Conference. She holds an MFA in Critical Studies from the California Institute of the Arts. She will now withdraw from referring to herself in the third person.