James Nolan, a fifth-generation New Orleans native, is a widely published fiction writer, poet, essayist, and translator. His twelfth book, Nasty Water: Collected New Orleans Poems, came out last year with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, and his recent Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy(University Press of Mississippi) won the 2018 Next-Generation Indie Book Award for Best Memoir. His fiction includesYou Don’t Know Me: New and Selected Stories(winner of the 2015 Independent Publishers Gold Medal in Southern Fiction), the novel Higher Ground(awarded a Faulkner/Wisdom Gold Medal), and Perpetual Care: Stories. He has been the recipient of an N.E.A. grant and two Fulbright fellowships, and has taught at universities in San Francisco, Florida, Barcelona, Madrid, and Beijing, as well as in Orleans.