Jim Magnuson is an American novelist, playwright, and educator. He is author of almost a dozen novels—among them Without Barbarians, Ghost Dancing, Windfall, The Hounds of Winter, and Famous Writers I Have Known. He has also written a dozen plays, which have had production at Playwright’s Horizons, Hudson Guild, and St. Peter’s Gate. He received the Hodder Fellowship of Princeton University for his plays, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an award from the Texas Institute of Letters for his fiction. His career also includes a stint as a series television writer in Hollywood. Currently, Jim Magnuson is the director of the Michener Center for Writers at the Unviersity of Texas at Austin. He holds a PhD in American Literature from Columbia Univesity.