Tony Earley is the Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English at Vanderbilt. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and has taught at Vanderbilt since 1997. He has been named one of the “twenty best young fiction writers in America” by The New Yorker and one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” by Granta. His books include a collection of short stores, Here We Are in Paradise: Stories (1994); a novel, Jim the Boy (2002); and a collection of personal essays, Somehow Form a Family: Stories That Are Mostly True (2001). His stories have also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stores. His work has been widely anthologized as well as translated into a number of different languages.