James Vescovi was a writer and editor for 25 years before becoming an English teacher. He is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and Columbia University. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Hudson Review, The Georgetown Review, and Creative Nonfiction. His books include The USS Essex: And the Birth of the American Navy (1999) and Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting and the American Dream (2014). For more visit his website, eatnowtalklater.com or follow him on Twitter @eatnowtalklater.