John Wenke is a teacher and writer. One of eleven children, he was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up just outside the city in Glenolden, Delaware County. He received his B.A. in English (with highest honors) from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. He currently teaches literature and writing at Salisbury University, where he has twice won the Distinguished Faculty Award. He has extensive publications in fiction, creative non-fiction, and literary scholarship. His short stories and creative non-fiction have appeared in many magazines including North Dakota Quarterly, Chariton Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Montreal Review, Cimarron Review, and South Carolina Review, among others. His books include The Critical List (Regal House Publishing), a collection of twelve previously published stories; Melville’s Muse: Literary Creation and the Forms of Philosophical Fiction (Kent State University Press); and J. D. Salinger: A Study of the Short Fiction (Twayne). He is currently completing a novel as well as a scholarly study of Charles Brockden Brown. Married with four children, John Wenke resides on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.