Lon Otto’s most recent book is The Flower Trade, a novel published last year by Brighthorse Books. He has three collections of stories—A Man in Trouble (Brighthorse Books), Cover Me (Coffee Hours Press), and A Nest of Hooks (U. of Iowa Press), winner of the Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction, and the craft ebook Grit: Bringing Physical Reality into Imaginative Writing (Writers Workshop Press). His writing in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry is in many anthologies, including The Pushcart Prize, American Fiction, Flash Fiction and Flash Fiction Forward, Townships, and Not Normal, Illinois (Indiana U. Press), and in the craft text Best Words, Best Order (St. Martin’s Press). Several of his stories have been broadcast on NPR’s Selected Shorts. He has a Ph.D from Indiana University and is professor emeritus at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he taught literature and writing for many years.