John Pistelli was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he teaches literature, writing, and other liberal arts courses. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Minnesota. He is the author of the novel Portraits and Ashes and the novella The Ecstasy of Michaela. His fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Rain Taxi, New Walk, Ragnarok, The Millions, The Legendary, Whole Beast Rag, Revolver, The Squawk Back, Winter Tangerine Review, Atomic, The Stockholm Review, The Harpoon Review, Muse A Journal, The Amaranth Review, Five2One, and elsewhere. His short story “How People Live” won Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train May 2012 Short Story Award for New Writers. He can be contacted at johnppistelli at gmail.com, and also found/followed/friended on social media: Goodreads and Tumblr.