Maile Chapman is from Tacoma, Washington. She has lived in Ireland and Germany, and, after completing her MFA in Fiction at Syracuse University, she spent a Fulbright Grant year in Finland, where she visited early twentieth-century institutional buildings designed by Finnish architects. She is currently a Schaeffer Fellow in Fiction and PhD candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a fiction editor of the literary journal Witness. She is also the Las Vegas facilitator for Literature and Medicine, a humanities discussion group for hospital staff, organized by the Nevada Humanities Council and supported by the Maine Humanities Council. In 2010-2011 she will be a fellow at the The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.