Grace Paley was an American short story writer, poet, teacher, and political activist. She taught creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and City College of The City University of New York, and was also the first official New York State Author. Her publications include Later the Same Day, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, The Little Disturbances of Man, and Leaning Forward. Her novel, Here and Somewhere Else pairs Paley's writing with that of her husband, Robert Nichols. For her Collected Stories, Paley was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction; she was also a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction and the Rea Award for the Short Story.