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Les Standiford wrote the pictorial history Coral Gables: The City Beautiful Story, and has contributed the text for the photographic essay collection Miami: City of Dreams. His articles and stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including the New York Times best-seller Naked Came the Manatee. He is a recipient of the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. His books have been reprinted in Great Britain, France, Holland, Germany, Spain and Japan. He is currently Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, where he has lived since 1981, with his wife Kimberly, a psychotherapist, and their three children, Jeremy, Hannah, and Alexander.