Anthony Marra is the winner of a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, The Atlantic‘s Student Writing Contest, and the Narrative Prize, and his work has been anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently a Jones Lecturer in Fiction at Stanford University. His debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was on the longlist for the National Book Award.
Zimbabwean-born NoViolet Bulawayo earned her MFA at Cornell University where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Her story, “Hitting Budapest” won the 2011 Caine Prize for African writing. Her first novel, We Need New Names, was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
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