John Talbird recently published a novel, The World Out There, and a chapbook of stories, A Modicum of Mankind. His fiction and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Juked, Potomac Review, Ambit, Grain, The Literary Review, and many others. He is a frequent contributor to Film International, on the editorial board of Green Hills Literary Lantern, and Associate Editor of Fiction for the online noir journal, Retreats from Oblivion. An English professor at Queensborough Community College-CUNY, he lives with his wife and their son in Queens, NY. You can find more of his work at johntalbird.com.