M.O. Walsh is from Baton Rouge, LA. He is the author of three books, the novels The Big Door Prize and My Sunshine Away, and the story collection The Prospect of Magic. My Sunshine Away was a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Pat Conroy Book Prize. The Big Door Prize was a semifinalist for the Thurber Award for American Humor and is now streaming as a TV series on Apple TV+, adapted by David West Read (Emmy winning Writer/Producer of Schitt’s Creek). Walsh is the director of the Creative Writing Workshop at UNO.