John Biguenet has published ten books, including The Torturer’s Apprentice: Stories, Oyster: A Novel, The Rising Water Trilogy: Plays, and Silence. His work has appeared in such magazines as Agni, The Atlantic, Esquire, Granta, Guernica, Image, The New Republic, One Story, Playboy, The Southern Review, Storie (Rome), The Sun, Tin House, TriQuarterly, and Zoetrope. He’s won an O. Henry Award for short fiction and had six award-winning plays widely produced, most recently Broomstick, written entirely in rhyme. His work has been widely translated, including translations into French, Dutch, Italian, German, Turkish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Albanian. Past president of the American Literary Translators Association and a former New York Times guest columnist, he’s served as writer-in-residence at various universities and is currently the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans. More info at