Novelist, memoirist, short story writer, and essayist Frank Conroy was director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for eighteen years. His first book, Stop-Time, was published to great acclaim in 1967 and has never gone out of print. First published in Esquire, “Gossip” was chosen by Raymond Carver for the 1986 edition of Best American Short Stories and was included in Conroy’s story collection, Midair. Conroy grew up in Florida and lived as a young man first in New York City and later on Nantucket, before moving to Iowa in 1987. He died in Iowa City in April 2005.