Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983. Her novels and essays have been widely translated and work has been published in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Review, Granta, and Internazionale. She has collaborated with artists in numerous multidisciplinary projects; among those, she has written a ballet libretto for the British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, which was performed by the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center. She teaches Creative Writing at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana and is studying for a a PhD in Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her first novel, Faces in the Crowd, and an english translation of her essays, Sidewalks, are forthcoming from Granta.