John D'Agata published his first book, Halls of Fame, a collection of lyric essays, in 2001 and Annie Dillard called it "A daring, utterly original book by a young writer of rare intelligence and artistry... With wit and finesse, and writing that's as much poetry as it is prose, D'Agata is redefining the modern American essay." He has since edited two essay collections, The Next American Essay (2002) and The Lost Origins of the Essay (2009) and his creative nonfiction book, About a Mountain, was published in 2010. His next book, due in February 2011, is titled The Lifespan of a Fact, which is a collaboration with a fact-checker. D'Agata holds MFAs in both nonfiction and poetry and teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he lives. Distributed by Tubemogul.