April Ayers Lawson is the recipient of the 2011 George Plimpton Award for Fiction, as well as a 2015 writing fellowship from The Corporation of Yaddo. Her fiction has appeared in Granta Norway, Oxford American, Vice, ZYZZYVA, Crazyhorse and Five Chapters, among others. Her first book, Virgin and Other Stories, is published by Granta this month. She has lectured in the Creative Writing Department at Emory University, and is the 2016-2017 Kenan Visiting Writer at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Virgin and Other Stories is her first book.