Elliott Holt was born and raised in Washington, D.C. A former copywriter who has worked at advertising agencies in Moscow, London, Paris, and New York, Holt attended the MFA program at Brooklyn College (where she won the Himan Brown award) at night while working full time in Manhattan during the day. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Slate, Time, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, Kenyon Review onlineThe Millions, The Pushcart Prize XXXV (2011 anthology) and elsewhere. She has won fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. In addition to winning a Pushcart Prize, she was the runner-up of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award. Her first novel You Are One of Them was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize from the Center for Fiction, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Award for a first book.