David Giffels is an assistant professor of English at University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. His most recent book is the memoir, All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2008). He is coauthor of Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! (SAF Publishing, 2003), and Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron (University of Akron Press, 1998) and was a longtime columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal. His essays appear in The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Indiana University Press, 2006); The Appalachians: America’s First and Last Frontier (Random House, 2004); West Point Market Cookbook (University of Akron Press, 2008) and he’s written for the New York Times Magazine, Redbook, the Wall Street Journal, This Old House Magazine and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series "Beavis and Butt-Head." In 2010, Giffels was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature. In 2009, he received the Ohioana Book Award and the Associated Press’ “Best News Writer in Ohio” award. He has been nominated six times for the Pulitzer Prize.