Porochista Khakpour has been awarded fellowships from the NEA, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Yaddo, and Ucross. Her debut novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, one of Chicago Tribune’s Fall’s Best picks, and a 2007 California Book Award winner. Her nonfiction has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and Salon, among others. She has taught at Johns Hopkins, Hofstra, Bucknell, Fairfield, Fordham, Columbia, and Wesleyan. She lives in New York City.