Jim Harrison was born in 1937, in Grayling, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan Statue University and taught there for a time. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Playboy and The New York Times. Harrison is also the author of over 25 books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including four volumes of novellas, seven other novels, 10 collections of poetry, and three works of nonfiction. The winner of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Spirit of the West Award from the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association, he has had his work published in 22 languages. Harrison divides his time between Michigan, Arizona, and Montana.