Ted Weesner Jr. is a writer based in Somerville, whose work has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Memorious, Gastronomica, Glamour, The Boston Globe and on National Public Radio. His story "Tuscaloosa," featured in Ploughshares' Emerging Writers issue, was a Best American Notable selection. He has been the recipient of a PEN/New England Discovery Award, grants from the St. Botolph Club and Somerville Arts Council, and a residency at the MacDowell Colony. His essays about The Catcher in the Rye are included in Scribner's American Writer and The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature. He teaches writing at Tufts and the Museum School, and is completing both a novel and play about expatriates living in 1990s Prague.