John Whittier Treat has lived in the Pacific Northwest for forty years. He has published numerous short stories, one of which won the Christopher Hewitt Prize and another nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first novel, The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House, was a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Foundation for Best Gay Fiction. His novella, Maid Service, was published in 2020 by JMS Books, and he was a finalist for both the fiction and poetry prizes in the 2021 Saints & Sinners competition. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, LitHub and Out magazine; and his new novel, about a stutterer who saves the world, First Consonants, will be published in 2022 by Jaded Ibis Press. His website is www.johnwhittiertreat.com.