Porochista Khakpour has been awarded fellowships from the NEA, John Hopkins, Northwestern, Yaddo, and Ucross. Her debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects was a New York Times "Editors Choice," one of Chicago Tribune "Fall's Best," and a 2007 California Book Award winner. Her nonfiction has appeared in Harper's, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and Salon, among others. She has taught at John Hopkins, Hofstra, Bucknell, Fairfield, Columbia, and Wesleyan. She lives in New York City, and her most recent novel is The Last Illusion, published by Bloomsbury USA.