Ricci, who holds a Ph.D. in English, teaches literature, journalism and creative writing at the University at Albany, State University of New York. A former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and a prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ricci published her first novel,Dreaming Maples, in 2002 after it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. (available on Amazon.com). Her new novel, Seeing Red, is available at http://www.SeeingRedthenovel.com. Ricci has published short fiction in a number of literary magazines nationwide. She edits a community writing space at MyStoryLives.blogspot.com.