James Arthur was born in Connecticut and grew up in Canada. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, was published in 2012 by Copper Canyon Press; his individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and Ploughshares. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, a Joan Nordell Fellowship from Harvard’s Houghton Library, and a Fulbright Scholarship to the Seamus Heaney Centre in Northern Ireland. Arthur lives with his family in Baltimore, where he teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
Born in Maryland, Charley Henley bounced around as a child, living everywhere from a back-to-the-land community in Eastern Washington to rural Rankin County, Mississippi, disparate locales and people that have fueled the stories of this present volume. He attended the University of Montana, studying philosophy, working in restaurants, and wandering in the woods. He did his graduate work at the University of Alabama and Florida State University. His fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, The Greensboro Review, and Copper Nickel, among other places. Currently, he lives with his wife and children in the Seattle area. He teaches at the University of Cincinnati. The Deep Code is his debut collection of short stories.
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