Dixon Hearne teaches and lives in southern California. His writing, however, draws greatly from the rich images in his daily life growing up along the graceful river traces in West Monroe, Louisiana. His short stories, essays, and poemsÂ many of which have earned awardsÂ appear in numerous magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. He is presently at work on a novel and editing a new book, Thanksgiving to Christmas: A Patchwork of Stories. He is co-editor of two recent collections of southern stories, a frequent presenter, and an invited speaker at the 2009 Louisiana Book Festival.