Jennine Capó Crucet was born to Cuban parents and raised in Miami. Her debut book, How to Leave Hialeah, won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Award, and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Miami Herald. She's the recipient of the Winthrop Prize & Residency for Emerging Writers, the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Epoch, Gulf Coast, the Southern Review, the Los Angeles Review, and other magazines. A graduate of Cornell University and a former sketch comedienne, she currently divides her time (quite unevenly) between Miami and Los Angeles.