STUART DYBEK is a poet and fiction writer from the South Side of Chicago. His collections of poetry include Brass Knuckles (1979) and Streets in Their Own Ink (2004). His fiction includes the short story collections Childhood and Other Neighborhoods (1980) and The Coast of Chicago (1990), and the novel-in-stories, I Sailed with Magellan (2003). He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. Dybek has received a PEN/Malamud Prize, a Lannan Award, a Whiting Writers Award, and several O.Henry Prizes.