Brock Adams's first novel, Ember, won the South Carolina First Novel Prize in 2016 and was published the following year by Hub City Press. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, The Sewanee Review, Bacopa Literary Review, and several other journals. He's won prizes including The Andrew Lytle Prize in Fiction, the Hub City Fiction Prize, and second place in Playboy's College Fiction Contest. His short story collection Gulf was published by Pocol Press in 2010; it was published in Italy that same year by Round Robin Press. Adams lives in Spartanburg, SC, with his wife and daughter. He teaches English and creative writing at USC Upstate.