Mary Cappello is the author of Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them (The New Press, 2010), a literary biography of early–20th-century endoscopy pioneer Dr. Chevalier Jackson. Ms. Cappello's three previous books of literary nonfiction are Awkward, a Los Angeles Times bestseller; Called Back, a critical memoir on cancer that won a ForeWord Book of the Year Award and an Independent Publisher Book Award; and the memoir Night Bloom. She is a recipient of the Bechtel Prize for Educating the Imagination from Teachers and Writers Collaborative and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, a former Fulbright lecturer at the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow) and currently a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Rhode Island. She lives in Providence. More information is available at http://www.swallowthebook.com/.