About the Author
Annie Jacobsen is a contributing editor at Los Angeles Times magazineand an investigative reporter whose work has also appeared inthe National Reviewand the Dallas Morning News. Her two-part seriesThe Road to Area 51was one of the most read in theLos Angeles Times magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
Annie Jacobsen was born in Luseland, Saskatchewan, to a Mennonite mother and Lutheran father. In addition to "Watermelon Syrup", she is the author of short stories, poetry, and an unpublished novel. In the later years of her life she lived in Toronto with her two children, taught writing workshops, and practised as a Jungian psychotherapist. She died in May 2005.
Jane Finlay-Young met Annie in 1999 and together they developed and taught writing workshops. Jane published her first novel, "From Bruised Fell", in 2000. At Annie's request, she rewrote "Watermelon Syrup" with the help of Di Brandt's editorial feedback.
Di Brandt has received numerous awards for her poetry, including the CAA National Poetry Prize, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and the Gerald Lampert Award. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing at Brandon University.