Chinelo Okparanto was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She received her B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, her M.A. from Rutgers University, and her M.F.A. from Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she served as a Provost's Postgraduate Visiting Writer. She is the author of America (2012), which was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African writing. She has been nominated for a United States Artists Fellowship in Literature, and her collection of short stories Happiness, Like Water (2013) was longlisted for the Frank O' Connor International Short Story Award.
Lauren Grodstein's books include the novels The Explanation for Everything, A Friend of the Family, and Reproduction is the Flaw of Love, and the story collection The Best of Animals. Her pseudonymous Girls Dinner Club was a New York Public Library for the Teen Age. Her work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Turkish, and other languages, and her essays and stories have been widely anthologized. Grodstein teaches creative writing at Rutgers–Camden, where she directs the M.F.A. program. She lives with her husband and son in New Jersey.