Jay Atkinson is the author of the bestselling narrative nonfiction books, Legends of Winter Hill and Ice Time. When Ice Time was published in 2001, Publisher's Weekly called it "a bonafide masterstroke" and named Atkinson's memoir a Notable Book of the Year. In it, Atkinson returns to his old high school hockey team as a volunteer assistant coach 25 years after he played for the Methuen High varsity. His book Paradise Road sold to John Wiley & Sons. In it Jay will retrace Kerouac's infamous steps, not only as a meditation on Kerouac but also as a personal quest. Jay Atkinson teaches writing at Salem State College.