John Pistelli was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he teaches literature and writing. His reviews and essays have appeared in Rain Taxi, Powells.com, Dissident Voice, New Walk, Ragnarok, and The Millions. His fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Three Rivers Review, The Legendary, Whole Beast Rag, Revolver, The Squawk Back, and Winter Tangerine Review. His short story “How People Live” won Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train May 2012 Short Story Award for New Writers. His novella The Ecstasy of Michaela was published by Valhalla Press in 2012. He can be contacted at johnppistelli at gmail.com, and also found/followed/friended on social media: Facebook, Goodreads, and Tumblr.