David Ross Huddle was born in Ivanhoe, Virginia, in the heart of Appalachia. He served as in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967, an experience that informed his later work. His poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Story, The Autumn House Anthology of Poetry, and The Best American Short Stories. His work has also been included in anthologies of writing about the Vietnam War. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and currently teaches creative fiction, poetry, and autobiography at the University of Vermont and at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.