Ann Jurecic is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University. She also serves as a book columnist for The Lancet and as an Associate Editor for the journal Literature and Medicine. Her first book, Illness as Narrative (2012), charts the emergence of personal writing about illness in the twentieth century. She recently co-authored a book about writing, Habits of the Creative Mind (2015). She teaches nonfiction writing and courses related to literature and medicine, and she is currently working on a study of twentieth- and twenty-first-century essayists.