Stephen Policoff’s 1st novel, BEAUTIFUL SOMEWHERE ELSE, won the James Jones Award and was published by Carroll & Graf in 2004. His 2nd novel, COME AWAY, won the Dzanc Award, and was published by Dzanc Books in 2014. This story, “Blue Like an Evening Cloud,” is an excerpt from his 3rd novel, which will be published by Flexible Press in 2022. He is currently Clinical Professor of Writing in Global Liberal Studies at NYU. He can be reached there at [email protected], or via his Author’s Guild Website www.stephenpolicoff.net.