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Eric Freeze grew up in southern Alberta, Canada in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies. He studied creative writing and African-American literature in the US, getting a PhD at Ohio University and eventually teaching at Wabash College in Indiana where he is a tenured professor. He teaches contemporary African American literature and works with the Malcolm X Institute for Black Studies. He writes both fiction and creative nonfiction, and teaches writing in other genres such as screenwriting and writing for video games.

French Dive: Living More with Less in the South of France is Freeze’s second book of creative nonfiction. His first is a collection of essays titled Hemingway on a Bike (2014), another book that also celebrates his experiences living and working in France. He has published two short story collections: Dominant Traits (2012), and Invisible Men (2016). His stories, essays, and translations appear in numerous periodicals including The Southern Review, Boston Review, and Harvard Review. He’s currently working on a book tentatively titled Breaking Bread with Baldwin about Baldwin’s life in St. Paul de Vence.

He is married to academic and birth educator Rixa Freeze and is the father of four bilingual soccer-crazed children. He lives half the year in Crawfordsville, Indiana and the other half in Nice, France.

"I am not in paradise. It rains down here too." —James Baldwin on living in the south of France. The Black Scholar, 1973.

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