Writer Lizz Schumer, a native Buffalonian who has recently returned to her hometown from New York (for now), is a senior staff writer for Good Housekeeping, Prevention, and Woman’s Day, as well as an essayist, poet, and longtime Spree contributor. Her new book, Biography of a Body, uses creative prose/poetry to document/remember rites of passage. Schumer contrasts her working writing with other types of writing this way: I called it “The Tyranny of Numbers” in a paper I wrote for a literary journalism class. As a journalism major, that class was the first time we were allowed to stretch our creative muscle past hed, lede, nut graf. Hook. Frozen facts that harden in print and last longer. But in this class, we were allowed to be soft.