M. G. Stephens is the author of twenty books, including the critically acclaimed novel The Brooklyn Book of the Dead; the memoir Lost in Seoul; and the award-winning essay collection Green Dreams. His play Our Father ran on Theatre Row (42nd Street) for over five years, and has been produced several times in Chicago, Los Angeles, and London. He was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Brooklyn and further out on Long Island. He has degrees from the City College of New York, Yale University, and the University of Essex in Colchester, England. Stephens taught in many writing programs, including Columbia, New York, and Princeton universities, as well as the University of London. He has also worked in the U.S. Merchant Marines, as a gas-pump jockey, a boxing writer, a greens’ keeper, carpenter’s apprentice, Manhattan air conditioning installer, dishwasher, short-order chef, bartender, bouncer, Lower East Side Christmas-tree salesman, night watchman, runner, typist, editor, proofreader, translator, bodyguard, dog-sitter, painting-watcher, gallerist, collagist, and provocateur. After living in London for fifteen years, he recently returned to the U.S.