Christian Kiefer is a fiction writer, poet, and musician and recently became the West Coast Editor of the PARIS REVIEW. His most recent novel, The Animals, was short-listed, in French translation, for the Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine and long-listed for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He is also the author of the novel The Infinite Tides and the novella One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide. His new novel, Phantoms, is due out in April. As a musician, Kiefer has collaborated with members of Smog, DNA, 7 Seconds, John Zorn’s Naked City, Sun Kil Moon, Boxhead Ensemble, Califone, Cake, Kronos Quartet, Wilco, Low, Fun, Anathallo, and The Band. He directs the low-residency MFA at Ashland University and holds a PhD in American Literature from the University of California, Davis, where he wrote on the literature of the American West. He co-directs the Sacramento-based writing festival, SummerWords, a community-based event funded and designed to bring great writers to a historically underserved population.