Steve Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His most recent book is Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in Best American Erotica, Best American Short Stories, Best American Mysteries, and The Pushcart Prize. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Boston Globe, The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He teaches at the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard, and hosts the New York Times podcast Dear Sugars with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed.