Jack Harrell grew up in Parkersburg, Illinois, a small farming community in the southeastern part of the state. When he was nineteen years old, he packed his guitars and record albums in his 1964 Chevy Impala and moved to Vernal, Utah, where he joined the LDS Church. He is now a fiction writer and essayist who teaches at Brigham Young University-Idaho. His novel Vernal Promises won the Marilyn Brown Novel Award in 2000. His collection of short stories A Sense of Order and Other Stories contains the award-winning stories "Calling and Election" and "A Prophet's Story." In addition to teaching and writing, Jack serves as the co-editor for Irreantum, a publication of the Association for Mormon Letters.