Born in 1988 in Northern California, Kathleen Alcott is the author of the novels America Was Hard to Find, Infinite Home and The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets. Her short fiction, criticism, memoir, and food writing have appeared in outlets including Harper’s, Zoetrope: All Story, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books, ZYZZYVA, Tin House, and ELLE. In 2019, her short fiction was anthologized in the Best American Short Stories. In 2017, her short story “Reputation Management” was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award; in 2019 “Natural Light” was longlisted. A fellow of the MacDowell Colony, she has taught at Columbia University and Bennington College. She lives between New York and California. Her new book is the story collection Emergency.