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John Parras received a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Fiction Writing. He studied at Carnegie-Mellon and Columbia universities and has been the recipient of a Columbia University Presidentís Fellowship, the Pauline B. Adamson Award for Fiction, and the Maurice Robinson Award for Professional Writing. His novel, Fire on Mount Maggiore, won the 2004 Peter Taylor Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Tennessee Press. The novel, which is based on the authorís first-hand experience battling brush fires in Italy, was also a finalist in the Associated Writing Programs Contest in the Novel and in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. His creative work has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Quick Fiction, Salt Hill, XConnect, The Dominion Review, Oasis and other literary journals. An Associate Professor of English, Dr. Parras teaches Creative Writing and Literature at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.