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TODD ROBERT PETERSEN lives in Cedar City, Utah, with his wife and three children. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Northern Arizona University, and Oklahoma State, Petersen is now a professor of English and the Executive Director of Experiential Learning at Southern Utah University. He also teaches in SUU's interdisciplinary Screen Studies program. His writing has appeared in Mid-American Review, Weber Studies, Hobart, and the Wisconsin Review. Before Counterpoint Press published It Needs to Look Like We Tried, Petersen released two books with a local Utah press. His next novel, Picnic in the Ruins, is a dark comedy about Native American antiquities theft set in the desert Southwest.