Fred Chappell is the award-winning author of over twenty books of poetry and fiction. His previous novels include I Am One of You Forever and Brighten the Corner Where You Are. His awards include a Rockefeller Grant, the award in literature from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the best foreign novel prize from the French Academy, the Bollingen Prize in poetry, and the Ingersoll Foundation's T.S. Eliot Award for creative writing. He teaches at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where he lives with his wife Susan.