Maggie Sokolik received her Ph.D. in applied linguistics from UCLA. She has taught writing and technical communication on the Berkeley campus since 1992. She is the author of over twenty ESL and composition textbooks, including Sound Ideas, co-authored with Michael Krasny. She has also written for and been featured in several educational video projects in Japan. She travels frequently to speak about grammar, writing, and instructor education, most recently in Tokyo, Japan, India, and Mexico.