Jim Hanas lives in New York City, where for several years he worked as editor of the website adcritic.com. Now he's managing editor at NYCgo.com, the city's tourism site.
In the past several years, he's also contributed nonfiction and humor pieces to Slate, Radar, Print, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post, and his short stories have landed in McSweeney's, Fence, One Story, Land-Grant College Review, and Joyland. Now he's the author of Why They Cried (ECW Press), a collection of short stories available in e-book form since last October.
But back in the 1980s and '90s, Hanas went from Erlanger, Kentucky (outside Cincinnati), to Miami University in Ohio, to philosophy grad student at the University of Memphis, then to staff writer at the Memphis Flyer. He moved to New York in 2000.
For more on the author, go to jimhanas.com. For Why They Cried, go to whytheycried.com. And for the Flyer's recent column on him, go here. For a fuller version of what Hanas had to say in a January phone interview, read on.