Wayne Caldwell, a native of Asheville NC, is a product of Enka High School. His academic training happened at UNC-CH, Appalachian State University, and Duke University. Since 1976 he has worked in the family’s furniture and interior design business, Ambiance Interiors. He is the author of prize-winning short stories and two novels, Cataloochee (2007) and Requiem by Fire (2010), the latter of which won the 2010 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award from the WNC Historical Association. He wrote the sixth chapter of a collaborative novel, Naked Came the Leaf Peeper (Burning Bush Press, 2011). A poem, “Woodsmoke,” appeared in Appalachian Heritage (Fall 2011). “Rattlesnakes,” a short story about Asheville’s proposed 1980 downtown mall, appeared in 27 Views of Asheville (Eno Publishers, 2012). A short story, “Donation Jar,” was published in Drafthorse’s Winter 2013 issue (www.drafthorse.org). He received the James Still Award, for excellence in writing about the Appalachian South, from the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2013. A third novel, Memoirs of an Unambitious Lawyer, was a finalist for the Lee Smith Fiction Prize from Carolina Wren Press, and is seeking a publisher. In his spare time he works up firewood.