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SHERIDAN HAY, MFA, is a writer and teacher of literature and creative writing. She worked for many years in publishing including stints at Penguin, Simon and Schuster and HarperCollins.  Her first novel, The Secret of Lost Things (Doubleday / Anchor) was a Booksense Pick, a Barnes and Noble Discover selection, short listed for the Border's Original Voices Fiction Prize, and nominated for the International Impac Award. A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and a New York Times Editor's Choice, foreign rights have been sold in fourteen countries.  Sheridan currently teaches nineteenth century literature at The Center for Fiction in Manhattan, specializing in Hawthorne, Melville, George Eliot and Henry James.  She is married to a publishing executive and has two adult children.  A fan of all theater but, in particular, the Collective's immersive approach, Sheridan is thrilled to be a member of Woodshed’s board.