Professors Laurie Finke and Jon Sherman will interview Merritt Tierce about her experiences as an award-winning novelist and a woman writer in Hollywood.

Merritt Tierce was born and raised in Texas and earned an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. A 2019 Whitting Foundation Award winner, she was a 2013 National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" author and received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award.

Tierce wrote from the last two seasons of the hit Netflix show "Orange is the New Black" and for "Social Distance," a Netflix anthology about life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her first book, the novel "Love Me Back," was shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction and won the 2014 Texas Institute of Letters' Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction. "Love Me Back" was named a best book of 2014 by the Chicago Tribune and Electric Literature, and it was also published in the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain.