Robert Boswell has published seven novels, three story collections, and two books of nonfiction. The Long Shrift is his second play. His most recent novel, Tumbledown, was published in August 2013 by Graywolf Press. His work has earned him NEA fellowships, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Iowa Prize, the PEN West Award, and the John Gassner Prize for Playwriting. The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards was a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Fiction. Virtual Death was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories,and Pushcart Prize Stories. He teaches at the University of Houston, where he shares the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing with his wife, Antonya Nelson. They both also teach in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.