Shann Ray is the author of the debut novel American Copper, an Indie Next Pick that has garnered acclaim from Esquire, Kirkus Reviews, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.  His collection of short stories, American Masculine, received the American Book Award and the Bakeless Prize, and he is also the author of a work of political theory, Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity, and Balefire, a poetry collection that was honored with the High Plains Book Award in poetry. His work has appeared in Poetry, McSweeney's, Montana Quarterly, Narrative, and Northwest Review. He spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeast Montana and has served as a visiting scholar in Europe, Asia, and Central America. A systems psychologist focusing on the psychology of men, he now lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife and three daughters where he teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University.