Mary Carpenter is a freelance writer based in Washington DC, where she works as health and culture editor for the website mylittlebird.com and leads creative writing workshops for psychoanalysts, prisoners and others. For more than 30 years, she has reported on health and medicine for TIME magazine, The International Herald Tribune and elsewhere. Her essays have been published in The Washington Post and literary journals; her essay in Gargoyle was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has worked on health-related government contracts and published two middle-grade books. Her two sons are in their 20s, and she has two cats.