ALYSSA PETERSEL graduated from Northwestern University in 2013 with dual BA degrees in psychology and international studies. Alyssa was awarded the Northwestern Public Interest Fellowship in 2013, through which she worked in research, community building, policy and advocacy at Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY), a violence prevention collaborative convened by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Alyssa raised $12,000 via Kickstarter crowdfunding to fuel her debut nonfiction anthology, Somehow I Am Different. Released in March, 2016, Somehow I Am Different won first place in the Biography/Autobiography section of the New York Book Festival, earned a starred Kirkus Review, and has been featured as Kirkus' Indie Book of the Month for July 2016. Alyssa now studies social work at New York University and nonfiction writing at the CUNY Graduate Center Writer's Institute, is a participating author in the 2016-2017 Jewish Book Council Network, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.