Daren Dean’s fiction, poetry, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Oklahoma Review, Fiction Southeast, Image, The Chattahoochee Review, Story South, Poetry Southeast, and others. His story “Bring Your Sorrow Over Here” was selected as Runner-up in Yemassee's William Richey Short Fiction contest by Judge George Singleton and appeared in the Spring 2012 issue. Affliction was a Finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Fiction Contest for New Writers in 2012. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He has taught writing and literature at several colleges including the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also worked for several years in Acquistions and Marketing at the University of Missouri Press. In the fall, he will be an English Instructor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.