JOHN CALVIN HUGHES holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of South Florida. His publications include a critical study, The Novels and Short Stories of Frederick Barthelme (The Edwin Mellen Press); a poetry chapbook, The Shape of Our Luck (Sargent Press); and two novels, Twilight of the Lesser Gods (CreateSpace) and Killing Rush (Second Wind Publishing). He has published stories, poems and literary criticism in numerous magazines and journals, including Southern Indiana Review, Studies in Short Fiction and Mississippi Review. Nominated for a Pushcart in 2015, he is also the winner of the Ilse and Hans Juergensen Poetry Contest and The Thomas Burnett Swann Poetry Prize. His full-length poetry collection, Music from a Farther Room, was recently published by Aldrich Press. He lives and works in Florida.