Jeff Parker is the author of several books including Where Bears Roam the Streets: A Russian Journal (Harper Collins), the novel Ovenman (Tin House) and the short story collection The Taste of Penny (Dzanc). He co-edited the anthologies Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (Tin House) and Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey Archive). He also co-translated the novel Sankya (Dzanc) by Zakhar Prilepin from Russian. He is the cofounder and director of the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, and currently he's on the faculty of the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was the founding director of the low-residency MFA program at The University of Tampa.