Curtis VanDonkelaar writes in West Michigan, where most all his work is set. Before fiction, worked in libraries, pizza joints, and as a freelance musician. When not writing, and sometimes when, he teaches writing at Michigan State University. Previously, he taught creative writing at Western Michigan University, where he went to graduate school and was a copy editor with New Issues Poetry & Prose. He works studiously upon two short story collections and two novels, one or more of which are finished.