Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright that lives in Chicago. A winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award and the Society of Midland Authors Fiction Prize, he is the author of four novels, The Boy Detective Fails (Akashic 2006), Hairstyles of the Damned (Akashic 2004), Tender As Hellfire (St. Martin's 1999), and How the Hula Girl Sings (HarperCollins 2005). His short story collection is Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir (TriQuarterly 2005). His online serial, "The Secret Hand", ran through Playboy magazine at playboy.com. His short fiction has been published in the likes of McSweeney's, Witness, TriQuarterly, Mid-American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Washington Square, Other Voices, Gulf Coast, and broadcast on NPR.