Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of two collections of short fiction. This Life She’s Chosen was named a Barnes and Noble: Discover Great New Writers selection for the year. Her second collection, Swimming With Strangers, was published by Chronicle Books in October of 2008. With Jacqueline Kolosov, she is also editor of the anthology The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Contemporary Writers on Forerunners in Fiction. Kirsten’s short fiction has appeared in One Story, The American Scholar, and Willow Springs, among other journals. She has been the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. In the fall of 2008, she will join the creative writing faculty at Purchase College (SUNY). She lives with her husband, photographer Nathan Lunstrum, and their young son.
Karan Mahajan is the author of Family Planning, which has recently been published by Harper Collins. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English and economics and is the recipient of a Joseph Henry Jackson Award, an award offered annually to promising young California writers. He has contributed writing to The Believer, the San Francisco Chronicle, Granta and the New York Sun. He currently lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
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