Jeffrey Greene received his MFA from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. from the University of Houston. He is the author of "To the Left of the Worshiper" and "American Spirituals, " which won the 1998 Samuel French Morse Prize. He was also the winner of the Randall Jarrell Prize and the Discovery/"The Nation" Award. His work has appeared in "The New Yorker, The Nation, " and many other journals and anthologies. He lives in Paris.