Stephen Stark is the author of the novels Second Son and The OutskirtsSecond Son was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the year, and a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick. He is also a bestselling ghostwriter. His essays, short stories, and criticism have appeared in The New YorkerPoets & WritersThe Washington Post and the New York Times Book Review, among other journals. Honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Bread Loaf, where he has also taught. He has taught and worked in the administration of the creative writing program at the University of Houston. Stark currently lives in Virginia and is a graduate of George Mason University and the writing program at Hollins University.