John Babbott is a fiction writer who was raised on both coasts of the United States and nurtures a fascination for its vast middle. He focuses on the surreal, the mythical, the ridiculous, and the mundane. He dreads that gaping hole in his bio where he should be citing his illustrious publications to date (Enizagam, Quiet Lightning, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency), but this dread is easily eclipsed by his love for writing novels, which in turn squashes his will to submit short fiction. He has been awarded residencies from Art Farm Nebraska and The Mastheads, and is thrilled to be at Playa, where he is beginning work on his third novel.