Matt Burriesci is the author of Dead White Guys: A Father, His Daughter and the Great Books of the Western World(Viva Editions, June 2015), and Nonprofit(New Issues Press, 2015), which won the AWP Award for the Novel. He began his career at the Tony Award Winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, and later served as Executive Director for both the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. During his tenure at AWP, he helped build the largest literary conference in North America, and he served as a national advocate for literature and the humanities. In his work as a consultant, he has interviewed dozens of global leaders in healthcare, scientific research, and higher education. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Erin and their children, Violet and Henry.