Dan Lawrence received his MFA from Columbia University, where he was a Graduate Fellow and Fiction Editor of Columbia Journal. After a 25-year career as a magazine editor with Time Inc. and Reed Elsevier in Manhattan, he dropped out to the rural Eastern Shore of Virginia to help his wife homeschool their three sons. On the side, he was the principal soloist for the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore and a founding member of the popular local band, Swing Project. He recently moved with his wife, their eldest son, and their golden retriever to Richmond, where he has resumed writing fiction. In the past 18 months, ten of his stories have been published in literary magazines and anthologies. He was a finalist for the 2022 Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize, the 2022 Watertower Press Novel Writing Contest, the Summer 2021 Novel Slices Contest, and the 2020 James River Writers Best Unpublished Novel Contest.