Derek Palacio is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Man and the novel The Mortifications. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Witness, Story Quarterly, and elsewhere. His short story “Sugarcane” appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Black Mountain Institute, Ragdale, CubaOne, and the National Park Service. He received his MFA from the Ohio State University.