Julia Rold is a fiction writer, essayist and playwright whose work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Boston Globe Magazine, the annual Best New Voices collection, among others, and also named for a Pushcart Prize. Her plays have been produced at Boston Center for the Arts, The Electric Theatre, and Boston Playwright’s Theatre. A two-time winner of the Artist Grant in both playwriting and fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Ms. Rold has also received writing awards from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, the Ropewalk Writers Retreat, and the Steelgrass Foundation, and, most recently, was named a Fulbright Scholar to El Salvador in 2015. Her memoir, Foreign Lands, Familiar Places, a series of interlinked novellas based on her decade of living and working in international development, has twice been among the winners of the Faulkner-Wisdom Award. A native of Kentucky, Ms. Rold lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Berklee College of Music.