David S. MacLean is a graduate of the University of Houston (PhD), New Mexico State University (MFA), and Warren Wilson College (BA.) He was named the Best Emerging Non-Fiction Writer by the PEN/American Foundation in 2011. His work has appeared in the magazines Ploughshares, Guernica, Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, as well as on the radio program, ‘This American Life’. He is a co-founder of the popular Poison Pen Reading Series in Houston, TX. He lives in Chicago with his wife and their pets.