SNAPSHOT: Literature should not be timid or gentle. Literature should be radical, subversive, penetrating, and dangerous. The best literature creates an inviting challenge, because the difficult worlds it conjures are too enticing to ignore. Writer Connor Coyne, imported from Flint, Michigan, the "Vehicle City," "Greaseball Mecca," the "most violent city in America" has created such worlds. Whether it is the phantasmagoric university of Shattering Glass, the claustrophobic ghettos and lumber towns of Hungry Rats, or the weird universes of his short fiction, Coyne has planted his flag in a colorful, defiant, flagrantly imaginative American Midwest. Coyne's work, praised by Heartland-prize winner Jeffery Renard Allen as "an emotional and aesthetic tour de force," by Michigan-notable book winner Gordon Young as "universal and otherworldy," and by celebrated Flint author Jan Worth-Nelson as "startlingly original prose," offers readers a visceral escape from the mundane into the harrowing.