Nathan Oates is an American writer and professor and director of undergraduate writing studies in Seton Hall University in New Jersey. His collection of stories, The Empty House, won the 2012 Spokane Prize. His stories have appeared in the Missouri Review, the Antioch Review, Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. His stories have been anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories and Forty Stories. Oats has been teaching creative writing and literature courses in the Department of English at Seton Hall University since 2008. Before arriving at Seton Hall, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in English and Creative Writing and his M.A. in Fiction Writing from the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.