Kevin González was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his fiction has been awarded the Narrative Prize, the Playboy College Fiction Prize, the Michener-Copernicus Award, and an NEA Fellowship. His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Narrative, Playboy, Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, and American Short Fiction, and have been anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading and Best New American Voices. He is the author of a collection of poems, Cultural Studies, and co-editor of The New Census: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. He teaches creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University.