Philip F. Deaver is a winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. His book, Silent Retreats, was published by University of Georgia Press. He's held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Bread Loaf. His work has appeared in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and been recognized in Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has appeared in The Reaper, Florida Review, and Poetry Miscellany. He teaches at Rollins College. Deaver's How Men Pray is the 2005 selection for Anhinga Press's Van K. Brock Florida Poetry Series.