Ron Carlson is the author of eight books of fiction, including the novel Five Skies. His stories have appeared
in Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and Gentleman’s Quarterly. He has received a number of honors and
awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, a National Society of Arts and
Letters Literature Award, and the 1993 Ploughshares Cohen Prize. He directs the graduate program in fiction
at the University of California, Irvine.
Michelle Latiolais is a Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine. She is the author of the
novel Even Now which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Her
second novel, A Proper Knowledge, was published in 2008 by Bellevue Literary Press. She has published
writing in three anthologies, Absolute Disaster, Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles and Woof!
Writers on Dogs. Her stories and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Antioch Review, Western Humani-
ties Review and the Santa Monica Review. Most recently she had work in issues of the Iowa Review and the
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