Michael Griffiths’ books are Bibliophilia: A Novella and Stories(2003) and Spikes: A Novel(2001), both from Arcade. His second novel,Trophy, from which “Possum Agonistes” is taken, is forthcoming from Arcade in 2009. His fiction and nonfiction appear in Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Southwest Review, Salmagundi, Oxford American, Golf World, The Southern Review, Five Points, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Griffiths has received fellowships from the Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, among other places. In 2004 he became founding editor of Yellow Shoe Fiction, an original-fiction series from Louisiana State University Press. Griffith is Associate Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.