Russell Working was born in Long Beach, California. He is a staff writer for Lawrence Ragan Communications in Chicago and a visiting faculty member of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in creative writing. A former newspaper reporter, he has filed stories from throughout the former Soviet Union, Asia, the Middle East, and aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Working is also the Pushcart Prize–winning author of two short story collections, one of which received the Iowa Short Fiction Award. In addition, his story “Evil Onions” won Third Place in Narrative’s Fall 2008 Story Contest, he was a finalist in the Winter 2009 Contest, and his story “The Vanishing” won Third Place in the Fall 2010 Contest. He and his wife, a Russian journalist, have two sons.