| RON CARLSON is the author of nine books of fiction, most recently his novel "Five Skies" (Viking 2007). Other works include "A Kind of Flying" (W.W. Norton 2003), "The Speed of Light" (HarperCollins 2003), and the story collection "At the Jim Bridger" (Picador paperback 2003). His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Epoch, The North American Review and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O'Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and dozens of other anthologies. Among his awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award. Carlson is Professor Emeritus in English and Creative Writing at Arizona State University and the Director of Graduate Fiction at the University of California, Irvine.