Frederick Barthelme studied with John Barth at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and has for some years taught writing and directed the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has won numerous awards, including an individual writer’s grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous grants as editor of Mississippi Review, the literary magazine he has edited in print since 1977 and online since 1995. He is the author of fourteen books, including Moon Deluxe, Second Marriage, Tracer, Two Against One, Natural Selection, The Brothers, Painted Desert, and Bob the Gambler. His memoir, Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss, released in November 1999, was coauthored with his brother Steven and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The same honor was awarded his retrospective collection of stories, The Law of Averages, which was published by Counterpoint in November 2000. His novel Elroy Nights, published in October 2003 by Counterpoint, was also named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was one of five finalists for the 2004 PEN/Faulkner Award. He published a book of all-new short stories in the fall of 2005 with Harcourt.