Jill Ciment teaches graduate and undergraduate creative writing workshops. She is the author of Small Claims, a collection of short stories and novellas; The Law of Falling Bodies, Teeth of the Dog, The Tattoo Artist, Heroic Measures (a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize), Act of God, and The Body in Question, novels; and Half a Life, a memoir. She is also the co-author (with Amy Hempel) of the thriller, The Hand That Feeds You. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts, a NEA Japan Fellowship Prize, two New York State Fellowships for the Arts, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. 5 Flights Up, a film adaptation of Heroic Measures, was released in 2015.