Bruce Bauman is the author of the novels And The Word Was, and Broken Sleep, among scores of other publications. He is at work on his new book, The True Story of My Fictional Life, which inspired many of the pieces for this column. He was a professor in the CalArts Critical Studies and Creative Writing Programs, where he was senior editor of the acclaimed literary magazine Black Clock. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Review of Books, and numerous literary magazines and anthologies. He has appeared on over one hundred panels and dozens of radio programs. His awards include Unesco-Aschberg Laureate in Literature, a Durfee Foundation grant, and a City of Los Angeles Award in Literature. He is married to the painter Suzan Woodruff.