Will Mackin, a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, served in Iraq and Afghanistan. After earning a degree in English from the University of Colorado, he flew jets for the Navy, wrote speeches for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and spent six years as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller with a SEAL Team before retiring in 2014. Mackin's military decorations include the Bronze Star, the Joint Commendation Medal (with valor), the Combat Action Ribbon, and five Strike/Flight Air Medals. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and Tin House, and has been anthologized in the Best American Short Stories 2014. Originally from southern New Jersey, he now lives in New Mexico with his wife and two children.