Mark Mayer’s debut collection, Aerialists, won the Michener Copernicus Prize. Individual stories have appeared or are forthcoming in American Short Fiction, Guernica, Colorado Review, MidAmerican Review, and New Stories from the Midwest. From 2012 to 2014, he lived at Cornell College’s Center for the Literary Arts as the Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer. Mayer has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow and won the Prairie Lights Prize for both fiction and poetry. He is a current PhD candidate at the University of Denver.