Cole Lavalais' short stories can be found in Obsidian, Apogee, Warpland,Tidal Basin Review, Aquarius Press, and others. She's been awarded writing residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and The Noepe Center for the Literary Arts. Cole has taught writing for over ten years and currently teaches community-based writing workshops on the south side of Chicago. She also hosts Colored People's Time, a bimonthly literary salon featuring fiction writers of color. Summer of the Cicadas is her first novel.