JO NEACE KRAUSE was born in eastern Kentucky, in Breathitt County during WWII. Her family migrated to a town near Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Ohio State University. She married John Thomas Krause, a historian, and lived in Buffalo, New York where he was a professor at State University of New York. Ms Krause is an artist whose work hangs in the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead, Kentucky, in various fine art galleries, and on the cover of this book. She presently lives on a farm on the Duck River in Nunnelly, Tennessee. Her short story collection, The Last Game We Played, was selected as the first winner of The Hudson Prize (formerly The Ontario Prize).