Author and film maker Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran. Her 2010 debut novel, The Age of Orphans, received the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Nobles Discover New Writers Award and an Emory Fiction Fellowship. She followed with 2014’s The Walking: A Novel. Her debut documentary film 900 WOMEN aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Her fiction and non-fiction can be found in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, VQR, The Sun and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her story “Wanderlust."