F. C. Brown CloudFrank Brown Cloud learns with and from inmates at the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington, Indiana and is a director of the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project. His essays, stories, and research have appeared in journals such as The Coachella Review, Palaver, and The Journal of Cell Biology. He also writes a weekly essay column for this website.

Brown Cloud was educated at Northwestern, where he studied chemistry, economics, and creative writing (B.A. 2005), and at Stanford, where he studied physical chemistry and cellular biology (Ph.D. 2011).

Brown Cloud lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife, an award-winning science teacher, and young children. In addition to his work on social justice causes (primarily prisoner rehabilitation and animal welfare), he serves as an assistant coach for the high school running teams.

Photo credit: Peter Voskuil.