Rita Woods is a writer, Board Certified Internal Medicine Doctor, and actively practicing as the Medical Director of a large medical center in Chicago. Her debut novel Remembrance received the African American Literary Award for Best Historical Fiction, was a SIBA Winter Okra Pick, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020 and PopSugar’s list of best books of 2020among many others. Woods is a trustee of her local library board and has served as an AWP writing mentor. She is currently serving as a mentor for Cinnamongirl Inc., an organization that fosters the love of writing in high school girls of color. When not writing or working, Dr. Woods spends time with her family and house full of cats.