“Wry, sly, and endlessly inventive, Dwight Yates’s story collection explores familial love, fragile love, finished love. His stories tease a subtle slide of recognition down a reader’s vertebrae, and a half-smile of remembrance at the trombones of our former lives.” —Susan Straight
Dwight Yates, a Montana native, grew up mowing lawns, delivering papers, sacking groceries, irrigating crops, bailing hay, driving a milk truck and fighting fires. He was educated at five different universities and served as a secondary school master and medical practitioner in Tanzania, East Africa, prior to a stint in the military. Since the early eighties, he has been teaching English and creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and on occasion assisting his wife with study-abroad students in Salzburg, Austria. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and has been anthologized in Best of the West and Inlandia. His first collection of stories, Haywire Hearts and Slide Trombones, received the Kennedy award, and his second, Bring Everybody, The Juniper Prize. He has been awarded two fiction fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Yates lives in Redlands, California.