Anthony Marra is an American writer. He was born in Washington DC in 1984. Marra has lived and studied in Eastern Europe. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. His first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was translated into several languages and won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. Marra’s novel was a National Book Award longlist selection as well as a shortlist selection for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize. His short story collection, The Tsar of Love and Techno, was published in 2015. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 and was published in several literary magazines. He now resides in Oakland, California.