Jesse Ball is a poet and novelist. His novels include The Way Through Doors and Samedi the Deafness, which was a finalist for the Believer Book Award. He has published books of poetry and prose, The Village on Horseback, Vera & Linus, March Book. A book of his drawings, Og svo kom nottin, appeared in Iceland in 2006. He won the Paris Review's Plimpton Prize in 2008 for The Early Deaths of Lubeck, Brennan, Harp & Carr. His poetry has appeared in the Best American Poetry series. He is an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches classes on lying, lucid dreaming and general practice.