PHILIP GRAHAM is the author of a collection of prose poems, The Vanishings (Release Press, ‘78), two short story collections, The Art of the Knock (William Morrow, ‘85) and Interior Design (Scribner, ‘96), and the novel How to Read an Unwritten Language (Scribner, ‘95; paperback Warner Books ‘97). He is also the co-author (with Alma Gottlieb) of the memoir Africa, Parallel Worlds (Crown/ Random House, ‘93; paperback Univ. of Chicago Press ‘94), winner of the 1993 Victor Turner Prize; a second volume, Braided Worlds, is forthcoming in 2011 from Univ. of Chicago Press. Graham’s fiction has been published in The New Yorker, North American Review, Carolina Quarterly, Fiction, The Washington Post Magazine, Missouri Review, Western Humanities Review, Crab Orchard Review, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere, and it has been reprinted or translated in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and India. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and Poets & Writers Magazine. His dispatches from Lisbon, which appeared regularly on the McSweeney’s website, was published in an expanded book form as The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon, by the Univ. of Chicago Press in the fall of 2009. Graham is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, two Illinois Arts Council grants, and the William Peden Prize in Fiction, as well as fellowship residencies at the MacDowell and Yaddo artist colonies. Graham is a founding editor and the current fiction editor of the literary/arts journal Ninth Letter (winner of the 2005 Best New Literary Journal Award by the Modern Language Association), and he is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he has been the recipient of three campus teaching awards.