Doug Frelke served in the U.S. Navy for five years and participated in the Persian Gulf War as an officer on the minesweeper USS Leader. He studied at Duke and Temple Universities before earning his ALM from Harvard as the first graduate of their creative writing program. Doug teaches English at Strayer University and Mt. Olive College and lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife Kimberly and daughter Hannah. His work has appeared in The Harvard Review, Cutthroat, and others and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.