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Paige Williams is a staff writer at The New Yorker and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, and was a 2015 MacDowell Fellow. She won the National Magazine Award for feature writing in 2008 and was a finalist in 2009 (shared) and 2011. Her stories have been anthologized in five volumes of the Best American series, including The Best American Magazine Writing (2011, 2009) and The Best American Crime Writing (2006, 2003). In January 2010, on this website, she self-published “Finding Dolly Freed,” an independent experiment in crowd-funded longform narrative; the “Radiohead journalism” project, which encouraged voluntary reader support via PayPal, was an early exploration of a la carte online journalism, covered by the Columbia Journalism Review, NPR’s “On the Media,” Mother Jones, Wired, and others. Williams has edited or written for a range of publications, including Smithsonian, GQ, and the New York Times, and has taught longform narrative, investigative, news reporting, features writing, and literary criticism at universities including Harvard, M.I.T., New York University, the University of Pittsburgh, Emory, and the University of Mississippi, her alma mater. Williams was born in Oxford, Mississippi, and grew up in Tupelo. Before magazines, she spent over a decade at newspapers including the Washington Post and the Charlotte Observer. She has been a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Nevada Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism and was a 1996-97 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where she later taught narrative nonfiction and edited Nieman Storyboard. Her book The Dinosaur Artist, based on a New Yorker story, will be published by Hachette. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and, usually, a gigantic cup of coffee.