Floyd Skloot's essays and poems have won three Pushcart Prizes, the PEN USA Literary Award, and appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, and Best Food Writing. His books include the memoirs In the Shadow of Memory and The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life (University of Nebraska Press),the poetry collections Approaching Winter and The Snow's Music (LSU Press), and the novel The Phantom of Thomas Hardy (University of Wisconsin Press). He lives in Oregon with his wife, Beverly Hallberg. Skloot's daughter Rebecca is the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown, 2010). They co-edited Best American Science Writing 2011 (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2012).