Jaquira Díaz was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami. She is the author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir—winner of a Whiting Award and a Florida Book Awards Gold Medal as well as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Conde Nast Traveler, and T: The New York Times Style Magazine, among other places. A former Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, and Consulting Editor at The Kenyon Review, she is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, The Kenyon Review, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her second book, I Am Deliberate: A Novel, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books.