Kathleen De Grave is a University Professor in the English Department at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. Her specialties are American Literature before 1914, 20th century Ethnic Literature, and Creative Writing, Fiction. She is the author of two books, a scholarly analysis Swindler, Spy, Rebel: The Confidence Woman in 19th Century America (University of Missouri Press, 1995) and a novel Company Woman (See Sharp Press, 1995), and has published many articles and reviews. Recently, she wrote the introduction to the "Uncensored" version of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, published by See Sharp Press (2003). Her short stories “Cannery Night” and "Marrying the Veil" were published in the anthology Our Working Lives” (2000)and Margin (2004), respectively. In 2012 her most recent novel The Hour of Lead was published by See Sharp Press.