Brad Watson is the author of two collections of stories and the novel The Heaven of Mercury, which was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award. His fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Granta, Ecotone, Electric Literature, and the Idaho Review, among other publications. He teaches at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. Since 2002, Brad had been trying to write a novel inspired by the difficult life of his maternal great-aunt Mary Ellis (nicknamed Jane) Clay, 1888-1975. The book, Miss Jane, was released by W.W. Norton on July 12, 2016, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Watson lives south of Laramie, Wyoming with his wife, writer and horse trainer Nell Hanley. Brad will be appearing at Word of South with the musician Randall “Big Daddy” Webster.