Jim Ray Daniels wrote the screenplay for two previous films, Dumpster and "No Pets" In addition, he is the author of three books of short fiction, including, most recently, Mr. Pleasant, Michigan State University Press, 2007, Best Regional Fiction Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards. He has also published thirteen collections of poetry, including From Milltown to Malltown, a collaborative book with photographer Charlee Brodsky and writer Jane McCafferty, 2010, and Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, forthcoming in 2011. His poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac," in Billy Collins' Poetry 180 anthologies, and Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" series. His poem "Factory Love" is displayed on the roof of a race car. Other recognition includes the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, the Tillie Olsen Prize, the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He is the Thomas Stockman Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.