Soraya Palmer is the author of The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts. She is a Flatbush-born-and-raised writer and licensed social worker who has worked to advocate for survivors of gender-based violence who are facing criminal charges related to their abuse. She has also spent time as a community organizer for young people and fights against gentrification and police brutality. Her novel was named one of Today's 38 Best New Books to Read in 2023, one of the Buzziest Debut Novels of the New Year by Goodreads, one of the Best and Most Anticipated Books of 2023 by Elle magazine, and one of the Most Anticipated Feminist Books of 2023 by Ms. Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Electric Literature, Hazlitt</em<, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She has been awarded a residency at Blue Mountain Center and graduated from the Virginia Tech MFA program. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat, Nicholas.