W.A. Schwartz is a psychiatrist and author of poetry, short stories, and novels. Her work has been given special mention by the literary journal Glimmer Train (2018) and has been long-listed for the Alexander Chee Short Fiction Prize (2020). She was born in Berkeley and raised in California and the UK. She spent many years working and living in New Orleans with her husband, a native of Louisiana. She holds a BS in biochemistry and an MD from the University of California. She studied literature at UC Davis and novel writing at Stanford. Currently, she lives in Northern California with her husband and children.