Evan Lavender-Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of English. He received a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from New Mexico State University. His first book, From Old Notebooks, a cross-genre work combining elements of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and philosophy, was listed on “Readers’ Favorite Books from Independent Presses” at Huffington Post, “Your Favorite Poets’ Favorite Books of Poetry” at Flavorwire, and several best-of-the-year lists. His second book, Avatar, an unpunctuated monologue delivered by a character floating in outer space, was a Small Press Distribution Bestseller. The founding editor of Noemi Press and the former Editor-in-Chief of Puerto del Sol, he was recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of The New River: A Journal of Digital Art and Literature.