Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice, and The Chicago Reader, among other publications around the world. She has been awarded fellowships from Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Sewanee Writers' Conference, The Ucross Foundation, and Yaddo. Her debut novel "Sons and Other Flammable Objects" (Grove/Atlantic)--a New York Times "Editor's Choice," Chicago Tribune "Fall's Best," and 2007 California Book Award winner--is out in paperback. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the College of Santa Fe.