Risa Nye lives and writes in Oakland,CA. Her essays and articles have appeared in a number of local,national, and online publications and anthologies, including Fine Homebuilding, The San Francisco Chronicle, Skirt!Magazine,You and Me Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, Chicken Soup and Not Your Mother’s Books,and Oh Sandy! She is co-editor of Writin’ on Empty: Parents Reveal the Upside, Downside, and Everything in Between When Children Leave the Nest. She recently earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Saint Mary’s College. Currently,she writes a semimonthly column about cocktails under the name of Ms. Barstool for Berkeleyside.com.