Mark Pomeroy lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he was born in 1969. His first novel, The Brightwood Stillness, was published by Oregon State University Press in 2014. He has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship for fiction, and his short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Open Spaces, The Wordstock 10, Portland Magazine, NW Book Lovers, The Oregonian, and What Teaching Means: Stories from America’s Classrooms. He holds an MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he was a Fellow in Teaching, and for the past twenty-five years has taught creative writing workshops in Portland schools and also coached soccer and basketball in community centers throughout the city.