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Ann Folwell Stanford's graduate degrees are in English. She taught literature for two years at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill medical school, and has taught medical students at Loyola University and the University of Illinois-Chicago. She was a member of the Chicago Narrative and Medicine group for eight years, and she and Suzanne Poirier co-edited a special issue of the journal, Literature and Medicine on women's health. She published articles on Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead in Literature and Medicine, on Jean Stafford and representations of pain in Women's Studies, on Black women writers and the politics of health in NWSA Journal, and has co-authored other pieces on narrative and medicine. Her book, Bodies in a Broken World: Women Novelists of Color and the Politics of Medicine is published by University of North Carolina Press and will be out in Fall of 2003. She is currently working on a study of women, writing and incarceration, drawing on her years of experience conducting poetry workshops for women in Cook County Jail.

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