René Georg Vasicek is the author of The Defectors. He grew up in the pine barrens of eastern Long Island and has lived in New York City since the Nineties. His writing has appeared in Wigleaf, Hinterland, Bellevue Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, Gargoyle, Mid-American Review, Barrelhouse, Post Road, and elsewhere. René earned an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, and was awarded an NEA fellowship. He is an adjunct lecturer at Lehman College in the Bronx and BMCC in Manhattan. He lives in Astoria, Queens with his wife and two sons.