Porochista Khakpour is the author of the novels Sons and Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion, and the memoir Sick. Among her many fellowships is a National Endowment for the Arts award. Her nonfiction has appeared in many sections of The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Elle, Slate, Salon, and Bookforum, among many others. She has been guest faculty at VCFA and Stonecoast’s MFA programs, aswell as Contributing Editor at Evergreen Review.Brown Album is her first collection of essays, and just out from Vintage Books. Born in Tehran and raised in the Los Angeles area, Khakpour currently lives in New York City.