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Donald Ray Pollock

grew up in Knockemstiff, Ohio, and quit high school at seventeen to work in a meatpacking plant. He then spent thirty-two years employed as a laborer at the Mead Paper Corporation in Chillicothe, Ohio,before enrolling in the MFA program at Ohio State University. His first book, a collection of stories called Knockemstiff, won the 2009 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship.

Current Book: 
The Heavenly Table