Kia Corthron is the author of the debut novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, and winner of the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She is the 2017 Bread Loaf Shane Stevens Fellow in the Novel. She is also a playwright, sixteen of her plays produced nationally and internationally, and for her body of work for the stage she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Otto Award for Political Theatre. She has also written some television (The Jury, The Wire). She grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and lives in Harlem, New York City.