NoViolet Bulawayo was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She is the author of We Need New Names, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her work has been published in Boston Review, Callaloo, Newsweek, and various anthologies. She won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, and in 2013 she was selected as one of “5 under 35” by the National Book Awards. Bulawayo is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Ben Greenman is a contributing writer at The New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including Superbad, Please Step Back, Celebrity Chekhov, The Slippage, and Mo Meta Blues, with Questlove. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and McSweeney’s, among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.