Thea Goodman is the author of a novel, THE SUNSHINE WHEN SHE’S GONE, (Henry Holt and Co. 2013.) Her short stories have appeared in Other Voices, New England Review and Columbia among other publications. This is her second essay in The Rumpus. Born in New York City she now lives in Chicago and writes about sex and identity, childbirth, love in all its forms, and art. She is at work on a new novel and a collection of personal essays.