Urban Waite grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington. He went on to study writing at Western Washington University and Emerson College and now lives in Seattle with his wife. His short fiction can be found in The Best of the West Anthology, The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Hayden's Ferry Review, AGNI, West Branch and many other publications. His debut novel, THE TERROR OF LIVING, was named a Best Book of the year by Esquire Magazine and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. His latest novel, THE CARRION BIRDS (DEAD IF I DON'T in the UK,) released from William Morrow on April 16, 2013.