Steve Almond is a fiction writer and essayist. He received his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he received a Graduate Fellowship. He is the author of the story collections God Bless America, The Evil B.B. Chow and My Life in Heavy Metal, the novel Which Brings Me to You (with Julianna Baggott), and the nonfiction books Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, (Not That You Asked), and Candyfreak. His stories have appeared in Tin House, Playboy, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Ecotone, among other magazines, and have been reprinted in Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. Almond lives outside Boston with his wife and children.