David Giffels is the author of the memoir, Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life (Scribner 2018), a New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice." His previous books include The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt (Scribner 2014), nominated for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the memoir All the Way Home (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2008), winner of the Ohioana Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic.com, Parade, the Wall Street Journal, Esquire.com, Grantland.com, Redbook, and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. He is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.