Rachel Kushner is the author of The Mars Room and The Flamethrowers, and the only writer to ever be nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel. She is also the author of Telex from Cuba and a collection of her early work, The Strange Case of Rachel K. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and the Paris Review, and she is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2016 Harold D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Heidi Julavits is the founding editor of Believer magazine, and the author of four novels, including The Vanishers and The Uses of Enchantment. Her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, McSweeney’s, Zoetrope All-Story and elsewhere. She is a professor of creative writing at Columbia University.