John Gould is the author of the novel Seven Good Reasons Not to Be Good, and of two collections of very short stories, most recently Kilter, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize and a Globe and Mail Best Book. His fiction has appeared in literary periodicals across the country, and has been adapted for short films. Gould has written freelance nonfiction, and has worked as an environmental researcher, tree planter, and carpenter. As an arts administrator he created and coordinated writing programs for the BC Festival of the Arts and the Victoria School of Writing. He has led writing workshops in various venues, and teaches in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria, where he also serves on the editorial board of the Malahat Review.