GARY FINCKE is the author of over two dozen works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His poetry collections include The History of Permanence (winner of the Stephen F. Austin Poetry Prize), The Fire Landscape, and Standing around the Heart. His awards include the 1991 Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine and the 1997 Rose Lefcowitz Prize from Poet Lore. His prose work has earned him various honors, including the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction in 2003, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize, a George Garrett Fiction Prize, a Lewis Prize for Nonfiction, and two Pushcart Prizes. He founded the Susquehanna University Writers Institute and served as its director until 2014.