Michael Strecker is a writer from Louisiana. His short fiction has appeared in “The Critic,” a literary journal that has published some of the country’s most highly regarded writers, including Walker Percy, Flannery O’Connor and Graham Greene. His short story “The Woman at the Well” was selected as a finalist in the Tennessee Williams Festival’s 2021 Fiction Writing Contest. He was also named a Tennessee Williams finalist in 2022. In addition, he is the author of several books for children published by Sterling Publishing and Pelican Publishing Company. His fourth children’s is pending publication by Scholastic. He is also an award-winning standup comedian who has performed with some of the country’s top acts including Ken Jeong, Jack Johannsen and Rhett Butler. He lives with his wife Jillian and their sons, Stephen and Joseph, in Mandeville, La.