Michael Dittman lives, teaches, and writes near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania surrounded by the palimpsest of the Appalachian Rust Belt and its ghosts. He’s worked at bike shops, in newsrooms, and on top of roofs, but today he can be found more often at the front of a classroom. He is the author of "Jack Kerouac; A Biography, Masterpieces of the Beat Generation, and Small Brutal Incidents." His short stories and poetry, as well as his journalism and non-fiction, are widely published. He has been awarded grants from Pennsylvania Partners on the Arts and other foundations.