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Lisa Kirchner's first paid article, a review of the film, I'll Do Anything, presaged a career. During day jobs with the Ohio Arts Council, The Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Mellon University she's written about art, literature, food, film and fame. At one point she was a regular columnist writing about religion for Pittsburgh's gay and lesbian newspaper, Out; weddings for Pittsburgh's society rag, Whirl; and dating for the alternative newsweekly, Pittsburgh City Paper and Pulp. She is a regular contributor on Arab/American issues with Qatar Today and Woman Today and writes about health for Personal Best. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, dialogue: arts in the midwest and Pittsburgh Magazine. In 2004, she attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her flash essay, "My Husband: My Moto," appeared in the compilation Learning to Love You More (Prestel Publishing, 2007). The piece was excerpted from her forthcoming memoir, The Years of Sleeping: 1001 Nights in Arabia. She is currently an associate editor with SMITH Magazine, and occasionally can be seen telling stories at The Moth. She writes and teaches yoga in New York City.