MICHAEL HEMMINGSON lives in southern California. Some of his previous books include the novels Wild Turkey, Melody, and The Naughty Yard, and the story collections Seven Women and This Other Eden. His collection of poetry, Ourselves or Nothing, was recently published. He wrote the screenplay for the independent film, The Watermelon, and has several other film projects in the pipeline. His short documentary, “Life in Zona Norte,” was screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.