Janice Deal is the author of "The Decline of Pigeons," a collection of short stories from Queen's Ferry Press. Her stories have appeared in literary magazines such as "The Sun," "CutBank," "Ontario Review," "The Carolina Quarterly," "StoryQuarterly," and "New Letters." In 2011, the anthology "New Stories from the Midwest" featured as the lead story Janice's short story "Dinosaurs" (which also appears in "The Decline of Pigeons"). Her collection was a finalist in the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and she is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award for prose. She is currently working on a novel.