Kent Nelson has published four novels, six collections of short stories, and 156 stories in magazines. He has won the Colorado Book Award, the Reading the West Book Award, and the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. His stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Best of the West, Pushcart, O. Henry, and The Best American Mystery Stories. He has held two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Ouray, Colorado.