Ilana Manaster had the misfortune of being a person who runs cold, while living out a childhood in the frigid tundra known as the Chicago suburbs. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Reading Out Loud Podcast, Soon Quarterly and elsewhere. Her young adult novel Doreen, a contemporary reimagining of the Picture of Dorian Gray, will be forthcoming from Running Press Kids in June 2016. As a solo performer, she performed in the New York Fringe Festival, The Rhinoceros Festival in Chicago and in Manhattan comedy clubs. She holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University where she also taught composition. After a decade in New York and 18 months in Barcelona, she is back in Chicago with her family. Winter is coming.