Michael Kardos is the author of the novels BEFORE HE FINDS HER (2015) and THE THREE-DAY AFFAIR an Esquire best book of 2012, as well as the story collection ONE LAST GOOD TIME, which won the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction, and the textbook THE ART AND CRAFT OF FICTION: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, have won a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and were cited several times as notable stories in Best American Short Stories. Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is an associate professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. He was named by Library Journal as a Big Breakout Author for February 2015.