Gabriel Houck is originally from New Orleans, where his family still lives and in which many of the stories in You or a Loved One are set. Houck holds an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is currently a Lecturer in the English Department. His story “When the Time Came” was selected as a distinguished story in the 2015 edition of The Best American Short Stories, edited by T.C. Boyle, and other stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Glimmer Train, The Sewanee Review, Mid American Review (2014 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize), Western Humanities Review, New Delta Review, Grist, PANK, Moon City Review, Fourteen Hills, Bayou, Fiction Southeast, Lunch Ticket, Sequestrum, The Cimarron Review, and The Pinch.
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