Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of The Five Wounds, which is currently short-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, short-listed for a Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and long-listed for an Aspen Words Literary Prize. Her story collection Night at the Fiestas won a John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, a Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and 5 Under 35 honors from the National Book Foundation. It was also a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, was named a New York Times notable book, and was named a best book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association. Quade’s other honors include a John Guare Writers Fund Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the New York Times, and other publications. She is an assistant professor at Princeton University.