Marian Palaia is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Given World, shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize for Fiction, longlisted for The PEN/Bingham First Novel Prize, finalist for the VCU/Cabell Award, and recognized by Kirkus as a Best Novel, Best Historical Novel, and Best Debut of 2015. She received her MFA from The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was a John Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. In addition to her novel, her work has appeared in VQR, Glimmertrain, Joyland, Triquarterly, and other journals. Formerly a resident of San Francisco and Missoula, Montana, she currently lives in a small prison town in Arizona with her Sonoran desert dog, Action Joe Jackson. Her second novel, Bird, is up for grabs.