Don Zancanella has won the John S. Simmons/Iowa Short Fiction Award and an O.Henry Prize. One of his stories was cited as a distinguished story of the year in the 2019 Best American Short Stories, and he has published widely in literary magazines. His previous books include Western Electric, a collection of stories set mostly in Wyoming, and Concord, a novel about Henry David Thoreau, Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, and Margaret Fuller. His new novel, A Storm in the Stars, is about Mary Shelley—her childhood, her passionate love affair with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, their radical politics and transformative art, and the writing of Frankenstein, a book that stunned the world. A Storm in the Stars was published in August 2022 by Delphinium/HarperCollins.

Don was born in Laramie, Wyoming, and has lived in Virginia, Colorado, Missouri, and New Mexico, where he taught at the University of New Mexico. He now lives in Boise, Idaho and Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife and their rescue dogs.