Layle Silbert

 Layle Silbert (1913-2003) grew up in Chicago in a Russian immigrant household. She made a career as a photographer, mostly of writers like friend Nelson Algren, and had more than thirty exhibits in the US and internationally. She wrote poems and a handful of personal essays, but primarily considered herself a writer of short-fiction, publishing hundreds of stories in literary magazines throughout her life. She is the author of a previous story collection, The Free Thinkers (Seven Stories Press, 2000).