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Glidden began making comics in 2006 when she was living at the Flux Factory artist collective in Queens, New York.
She visited Israel as part of a Birthright Israel tour in 2007; the self-published mini comics she made about that experience won her a 2008 Ignatz Award for “Promising New Talent.” In 2011, Glidden wrote and illustrated the 2011 graphic novel How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, a full-length exploration of her 2007 trip. The book has subsequently been translated into five languages.
From 2010-2012, Glidden was part of Pizza Island, a studio consisting of cartoonists Julia Wertz, Lisa Hanawalt, Domitille Collardey, Karen Sneider, Kate Beaton and Meredith Gran.
Since the publication of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Glidden has been working in comics journalism. Her 20-page comic on Iraqi refugees in Syria was published on the website Cartoon Movement in 2011, and she also did work for the comics journalism publication Symbolia.
Glidden spent a year in Angoulême, France, as an artist in residence at the Maison des Auteurs.
In October 2016, Drawn and Quarterly published Glidden’s Rolling Blackouts, the nonfiction story of her travels in 2010 through Turkey, Syria, and Iraq with a small team of journalists.
Glidden lives in Seattle, Washington.