I was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I pretty much spent my whole childhood reading and then went off to study literature at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After that, I attended Columbia Law School in New York and went on to be an intellectual property litigator in Silicon Valley. (My weirdest case involved a battle over the patent for the variant of blue-green algae that makes farm-raised salmon turn pink when they eat it.) I quit practicing law to study fiction writing at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and ever since then I've been teaching legal writing and fiction writing and writing novels. Right now, I serve as the Director of the Communication and Legal Reasoning program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and teach fiction on the side at the University of Chicago and elsewhere. I'm the author of QUESTIONS I WANT TO ASK YOU (2018), PUSHING PERFECT (2016), and PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD (2015), with more to come.

My cousin Oliver Klink took this very glam headshot of me, and I suspect I'll keep using it as long as it's recognizable.

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