Alan Davis received a doctorate from the University of Denver and a master’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His third collection of stories, So Bravely Vegetative, won the Prize Americana for Fiction 2010. His other two prize-winning collections are Rumors from the Lost World and Alone with the Owl. He was born in New Orleans, the mythological Crescent City near the mouth of the Mississippi, into a large Catholic family of Italian, French, and Irish ancestry. Davis has received, among other honors, two Fulbright awards (to Indonesia and Slovenia), a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, and a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in Creative Prose. His work appears in The New York Times Book Review, The Hudson Review, The Sun magazine, and many other print and online journals. He now lives in Minnesota, near the Mississippi’s headwaters among Garrison Keillor’s Lutherans and Louise Erdrich’s full and mixed-blood Native Americans. Davis is a Professor Emeritus in the English Department at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM). He is also on the faculty of the low-residency MFA. program at Fairfield University in CT.