Gail Konop is the critically-acclaimed author of Cancer is a Bitch (Or, I’d Rather be Having a Mid-life Crisis), professional speaker, Huffington Post blogger, a past columnist at Literary Mama, and adjunct writing professor. Her poetry, short fiction, essays and articles have been published in numerous literary journals as well as Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Wisconsin Trails, The Manifest-station and other online and print magazines and newspapers. She studied at both Sewanee and Squaw Valley and has won awards for her short fiction.
Her past lives included teaching English in a New York City public high school and at a Yeshiva for Russian immigrants in Brooklyn, selling and copywriting advertising for an NBC affiliate in Vermont, covering the local beat for a small-town newspaper in New Hampshire, managing a big and tall men’s clothing store in Toledo, pumping gas (for two days) in the Berkshires, waitressing and bartending in various and sundry cities and towns across the eastern and western and Midwestern sea and land board and performing stand-up comedy at a club in Chelsea—once, and only her best friend laughed.
Currently she is the founder, director and chief mat washer of the people’s yoga collective in Madison, Wisconsin where she practices and teaches yoga, writes, overthinks, narrates her life out loud and stands on her head daily.