Percival Everett is the author of fourteen novels and three collections of short fiction including his newest title, re:f(gesture), published by Red Hen Press. He is the recipient of the Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature (for his 1996 story collection Big Picture) and a New American Writing Award (for his 1990 novel Zulus). His stories have been included in the Pushcart Prize anthology and Best American Short Stories. He has served as a judge for, among others, the 1997 National Book Award for fiction and the PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1991. He teaches fiction writing, American studies, and critical theory, and he has taught at Bennington College, the University of Wyoming, and the University of California at Riverside. He is currently at the University of Southern California. He has worked as a musician, a ranch hand, and a high school teacher.