William Lychack received his B.A. (1988) in philosophy from Connecticut College and his M.F.A. (1991) from the University of Michigan. He is the author of a novel, The Wasp Eater, and a forthcoming collection of stories, The Architect of Flowers, both published by Houghton Mifflin. His stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Ascent, Ploughshares, The Seattle Review, and on National Public Radio’s This American Life. He has also published children’s books and corporate histories, and has worked as a teacher, editor, speechwriter, ghostwriter, journalist, lifeguard, carpenter, bartender, janitor, Mr. Softee Ice Cream Man, and a Judo instructor in New York City. He currently teaches in Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA Program and is the Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.