James Allen Hall‘s book of lyric personal essays, I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Essay Collection Award, judged by Chris Kraus. His essays have appeared in Story Quarterly, Cutbank, Redivider, Bellingham Review, and Bennington Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, which was also cited as a “Notable Essay” in Best American Essays 2016. Hall is also a poet whose first book, Now You’re the Enemy, won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Poems from that book appeared in Boston Review, American Letters & Commentary, TriQuarterly, Painted Bride Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, West Branch, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation of the Arts, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He teaches creative writing and literature at Washington College, where he serves as an associate professor of English and directs the Rose O’Neill Literary House.