Elizabeth McCracken was born in Boston in 1966. She has degrees in English literature from Boston University and in fiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her collection of short stories, Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry?, was an American Library Association Notable Book of 1994. In 1996 she was selected as one of Granta‘s Best Young American Novelists. She is also the author of a memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination (2008). Currently a Professor at Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she lives in Iowa City.