Neil Burkey was raised in Illinois and writes in Dublin, Ireland, finding retreats wherever he can. He has had several short stories published in the Dublin Review and Guts magazine, and received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2015. His essays have appeared in the Irish Times and the UK Independent. In his role as an editor he has worked on titles for the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg, the Bush Theatre in London and Merton College in Oxford. Writers' Retreats is his debut book.