Ron Tanner’s awards for writing include a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Pushcart Prize, a New Letters Award, a Best of the Web Award, and many others. His work has been named “notable” in both Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories and he has won fellowships from the Copernicus Society, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the National Park Service, to name a few. His short story collection, A Bed of Nails, won both the G.S. Sharat Chandra Award and the Towson Prize for Literature. He teaches writing at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, and directs the Marshall Islands Story Project (mistories.org). He and his wife, Jill, live in a former fraternity house with their many pets. Their website, Houselove.org, is dedicated to the love and care of old houses.