Jon Boilard was born and raised in Western New England. He has been living and writing in San Francisco since 1986. His short stories have been published in literary journals in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Two have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, one of Jon’s stories receiving Special Mention in the 2011 edition of the Pushcart Best of the Small Presses series. Another story won the Sean O'Faolain Award and several others have earned individual small press honors. Since 2003, Jon has been invited annually to read his latest work and to teach a writing workshop at the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival in Cork, Ireland. A River Closely Watched is Jon’s first novel.