Michael Pritchett is the author of The Melancholy Fate of Capt. Lewis (Unbridled Books, 2007). He is also the author of The Venus Tree, winner of an Iowa Short Fiction Award (the John Simmons Short Fiction Award) in 1988 and published by the University of Iowa Press. He is the winner of the 2000 Dana Award for a novel-in-progress for his novel, The Final Effort of the Archer. The title story from his collection appeared in the anthology The Iowa Award: The Best Stories from 20 Years, University of Iowa Press, 1990. His stories have appeared in Passages North, Natural Bridge, and New Letters, among other noteworthy magazines.