Andrew Furman is a professor at Florida Atlantic University and teaches in its MFA program in Creative Writing. He writes fiction and creative nonfiction on a variety of topics, which typically include Florida and its singular environment, race matters, basketball, swimming, lighthouses, and cast iron cookware, not necessarily in that order. He is the author, most recently, of an environmental memoir, Bitten: My Unexpected Love Affair with Florida (University Press of Florida, 2014). The book was named a finalist for the 2015 ASLE Book Prize. His essays and stories have appeared in such publications as Ecotone, The Southern Review, Oxford American, The Chronicle of Higher Education, AGNI Online, Poets & Writers, Terrain.org, andThe Florida Review. One recent piece was named a “Notable” essay in Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen, and the editors of Terrain.org just nominated a separate essay for a Pushcart Prize.