Joseph Salvatore is the Books editor at The Brooklyn Rail and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. His writing has appeared in The Collagist, Dossier Journal, H.O.W. Journal, New York Tyrant, Open City, Post Road, Salt Hill, and Sleeping Fish, among others. His collection of stories, To Assume A Pleasing Shape, was published by BOA Editions in 2011. He is an assistant professor of writing and literature at The New School, where he founded the literary journal LIT. He lives in New York.