Billie Travalini's short stories have been published in The Moth, Another Chicago Magazine, The Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts, Review Revue as well as in numerous anthologies. Blood Sisters, a finalist for the James Jones Fellowship and the Breadloaf Prize. No Place Like Here: An Anthology of Southern Delaware Poetry and Prose, The Delaware Poetry Review, Teaching Troubled Youth: A Practical Pedagogical Approach, and co-edited with Fleda Brown On the Mason-Dixon Line: An Anthology of Contemporary Delaware Writers. She received a Governor’s Award for the Arts, education, and fellowships in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from the Delaware Division of the Arts. A Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Delaware and a fellowship graduate of Temple University, she served 11 years on Delaware’s Planning Commission for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and currently serves on the Historic Preservation Committee for the Fort DuPont Redevelopment and Preservation Corporation. She advocates for at-risk youth and the mentally ill; co-founded and coordinates The Lewes Creative Writing Conference, now in its tenth year; teaches writing at Wilmington University, and is busy at work writing Rules to Survive Childhood, a sequel to Blood Sisters, and Rush Limbaugh and the French Apple Pie and Other Stories.