Michael Kardos Michael Kardos (michaelkardos.com) is an associate professor and co-director of the creative program at Mississippi State University. He is the author of the story collection One Last Good Time (Press 53), and the novels The Three-Day Affair, Before He Finds Her, and the forthcoming Bluff, all from the Mysterious Press imprint of Grove Atlantic. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, and many other magazines and anthologies. His essays about fiction have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle and Writer's Digest. Kardos received his B.A. from Princeton University, his M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Kardos is author of the Bedford text, The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer's Guide and a contributor to Bedford's LitBits where he blogs about teaching creative writing.