Maximilian Werner lives in Salt Lake City and teaches writing at the University of Utah. His poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals and magazines, including MatterJournal: Edward Abbey Edition, The North American Review, Yale Anglers' Journal, ISLE, Weber Studies, Fly Rod and Reel, Puerto del Sol, and Columbia. He is also an Academy of American Poets prize winner. Mr. Werner's essay "Anglers' Ball" was first runner-up in the 2008 Robert Traver Fly Fishing Writing Award. His book Black River Dreams won the 2008 Utah Arts Council's Original Writing Competition for Nonfiction: Book and was published in January by Barclay Creek Press.