George Hovis is a native of Gaston County, North Carolina. Before becoming a writer and teacher, he worked as a process chemist at several ink factories in Charlotte. His stories and essays have appeared widely, most recently in "The Carolina Quarterly," "The Fourth River," and "North Carolina Literary Review." A Pushcart Prize nominee, he earned a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference. He currently lives with his wife and their two children in Upstate New York, where he is a professor of English at SUNY Oneonta.