Eugene Cross was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania and received an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. His stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine, American Short Fiction, Story Quarterly, and Callaloo, among other publications. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Chautauqua Writers' Festival and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He currently lives in Chicago where he teaches writing at Columbia College. His short story collection, Fires of Our Choosing, is forthcoming from DZANC Books in March of 2012.