Charles Holdefer (M.F.A., The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop; Ph.D., Sorbonne) is the author of four novels, most recently Back in the Game (2012). His novel The Contractor (2007) was an American Booksellers Association “Book Sense Pick” and has been translated into several languages. His short story “The Raptor” won a Pushcart Prize and appears in the 2017 Pushcart anthology. A new collection of short fiction entitled Dick Cheney in Shorts is forthcoming in 2017. His fiction has appeared in the New England Review, North American Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He also writes essays and reviews for New York Journal of Books, Entropy, Dactyl Review, and The Collagist. He teaches at the University of Poitiers, France. Visit him online at www.charlesholdefer.com.