Cris Mazza's most recent books are Dog People, a novel, and Former Virgin, a collection of short fiction, both released in 1997. Mazza's other novels include Your Name Here: , Exposed, and the Nelson Algren Award winning How to Leave a Country. Her previous collections of short fiction are Revelation Countdown and Animal Acts. Mazza is also co-editor of Chick-Lit (1995) and Chick-Lit 2 (1996), anthologies of women's fiction. A native of southern California, Mazza teaches in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.