B.J. Hollars teaches creative writing, literature and composition. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Alabama in 2010. He is the author of several books, most recently From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us About Life, Death, and Being Human, as well as a collection of essays, This Is Only A Test. Hollars serves as a mentor for Creative Nonfiction, the reviews editor for Pleiades, and a board member for both the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council and the Chippewa Valley Book Festival. Additionally, he is the founder of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild.