Authoritative Voice (on The Drowning and Other Stories by Edward J. Delaney; The Baby Can Sing and Other Stories by Judith Slater; My Father, Dancing by Bliss Broyard; and Welding with Children by Tim Gautreaux)

Erin McGraw is the author of six books of fiction, most recently Better Food for a Better World (Slant Books, 2013). She is professor emeritus at the Ohio State University and lives with her husband, the poet Andrew Hudgins, in Tennessee.