Michael Farris Smith is the award-winning author of Desperation Road, Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers. Desperation Road is an Indie Next Selection. Rivers was named in numerous Best of the Year lists and garned the Mississippi Author Award for Best Fiction. His short fiction has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his essays have appeared in The New York Times, Catfish Alley, Writer's Bone, and more. Michael's next novel, The Fighter, will be published in April of 2018. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife and daughters.