Paul Skenazy taught for more than thirty years at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with brief stints in Spain and at Stanford. He wrote critical books and articles on writers as diverse as James M. Cain and Thomas Pynchon and reviewed books for newspapers and magazines nationwide. He has had stories and essays published in several literary journals, most recently Catamaran Literary Reader. He’s been nominated for the NBBC award for reviewing and his autobiographical essay on Chicago and Saul Bellow was a “Notable” selection in The Best American Essays 2015. He’s now at work on a novel about a gold mining town in the Sierra foothills.