Brock Clarke is the author of five books of fiction, most recently the novels Exley and An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, both of which have appeared in a number of foreign editions. His short fiction and nonfiction have been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, One Story, and The Believer, as well as in the annual Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies. He has twice been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and has been awarded an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Mary McCarthy Prize, the Prairie Schooner Book Series Prize, and an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship. Professor Clarke’s talk was titled “A Loser’s Love Song.”