Joseph Salvatore received his M.F.A. in fiction from The New School in 1998 and has gone on to teach writing and literature at Parsons School of Design and The New School. He is the founding editor of The New School's literary journal, LIT. In 2002, he was awarded The New School's Award For Teaching Excellence. His current research includes English sentence grammar and style. His work has been published in, among other places, Open City, Post Road, Sleeping Fish, Routledge's Encyclopedia of Queer Culture, and 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11th. In 2011 his first book of short stories, To Assume a Pleasing Shape, was published by BOA.