Ben Fountain is the author of a short story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, and a novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. He has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writers Award, an O. Henry Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes among other honors and awards. His fiction has been published in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, and his nonfiction has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Texas Monthly, The New York Times, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine among other publications. His reportage on post-earthquake Haiti was nationally broadcast on the radio show This American Life. He has lived in Dallas since 1983.