Jeffrey Allen Mays is the award-winning author of The Former Hero and his writing has appeared in Catapult/Topology, Please See Me, Newsbyrd, LITLAG, and God & Nature. He is the official blogger for The Austin Athenaeum. His short story “Malefic” was published in the eco-horror anthology titled Growing Concerns published in 2014 by Chupa Cabra House Publishing. His short story “Concho Diary” was a Texas Author’s Association contest winner and included in Short Stories by Texas Authors, Vol. 3 (2017). Jeffrey received his MFA degree in Fiction at Seattle Pacific University in 2020. Born in Memphis, he now lives in Austin, Texas.