Chris Offutt was born in 1958 and grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in Haldeman, Kentucky. He graduated from Morehead State University and is the author of two memoirs, The Same River Twice and No Heroes; two collections of short stories, Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods; and one novel, The Good Brother. In 1996 he was named as one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists, and has been the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. In 2005 Offutt made his comic book debut when he wrote "Another Man's Escape" for Michael Chabon Presents: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist. A second comic is included in the anthology Noir, from Dark Horse Comics.
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