Julie Parham has lived in many exotic locations: Kansas, Des Moines, London, Cincinnati, Poughkeepsie, Darien, and currently Fairfield. Along the way, she has earned an MA in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in theatre and sociology from Drake University. Before joining CGS, she taught at the high school level in Ohio, New York, and Connecticut. She and her husband were the house parents for A Better Chance in Darien for 8 years, where they lived with six young women who attend Darien High School on academic scholarships. Ms. Parham, her husband, and their two sons spend their free time hiking and longing for pizza. For the past ten years, she has been almost finished writing her first middle grade novel. Her favorite writers include Lorrie Moore, Virginia Woolf, Ishmael Reed, and Mark Bittman. She regrets never learning other languages in her youth, but is delighted that she can finally count to ten in Spanish, French, and Japanese.