Jerry D. Mathes II is the author of Shipwrecks and Other StoriesThe Journal West: Poems, Fever and Guts: A Symphony, the North American Book Award winning Ahead of the Flaming Front, and the Meadow Award winning novella, Still Life. He has published in The Southern Review, Shenandoah, The Dos Passos Review, and Narrative and published chapbooks, Twelve Lovers, Lost and Found and Fall in the Borderland.