John Salter was born in North Carolina, raised in eight states, and educated at the University of North Dakota, where he served as co-editor of the literary journal North Country. He is the author of a novel, A Trout in the Sea of Cortez, and his story collection, Alberta Clipper, was a finalist for the 2003 Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award. His short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including Massachusetts Review, Florida Review, Chattahoochee Review, Third Coast, Pearl, Chiron Review, Raleigh Review, New World Writing Quarterly, and Meridian. He is a two-time winner of the Loft Award in Creative Prose/McKnight Artist Fellowship, through competitions judged by Dorothy Allison and Jane Hamilton. He has also been awarded fellowships from the Bush Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board, and a residency from the Corporation of Yaddo. He lives in Fargo, North Dakota.