Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, and Salon, among others. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, VCCA, The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Ueross, and Yaldo. Her debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove/Atlantic) was a “New York Times Editors’ Choice,” “Chicago Tribune Fall’s Best,” and the 2007 California Book Award winner in “First Fiction.” She has taught writing and literature at Johns Hopkins University, Hofstra University, Bucknell University, and Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She is currently the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig and core faculty at Fairfield University’s low-residency MFA.