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Miles Harvey is the editor of How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, a collection of oral histories that is now in its sixth printing with more than 40,000 copies in distribution. He wrote a play, also called How Long Will I Cry?, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in 2013. Harvey’s previous work includes The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime (Random House), a national and international bestseller that USA Today named one of the ten best books of 2000, and Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America (Random House), which received a 2008 Editors’ Choice honor from Booklist, and a best-books citation from The Chicago Tribune. The recipient of a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan, he currently teaches creative writing at DePaul University, where he is a founding editor of Big Shoulders Books.