Led by his two faithful redbone coonhounds, Jon Westmark spent his childhood roaming the muddy river bottoms of the Oklahoma Ozarks in search of adventure. Well…okay, that’s not quite true. He actually grew up in flat, oft-frozen Minneapolis and had just one dog—a Lab—which rarely left the yard. But Jon learned early on that books could send him anywhere. Now he edits stories he hopes will transport the next generation. Before joining AW in 2016, he spent two years editing children’s nonfiction. He formerly interned at Graywolf Press and Coffee House Press.