Ian Graham Leask was born and raised in the London area. He is lucky to have had an unhappy childhood. He started writing at fifteen and has never stopped—his office is full of notebooks. He traveled. After a year in Germany, where he worked as a meat porter in a schlachthoff and wrote dull poetry at night, he settled in Minneapolis, graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in English and writing, and narrowly avoided becoming a professor. He has thrived as a teacher, literary consultant and publisher, and is the author of The Wounded and other stories about sons and fathers. He co-hosts KFAI’s literary radio show “Write On! Radio” and lives mostly in Minneapolis with frequent spells in London.