Julia Elliott’s debut short story collection The Wilds will be published in October 2014, and her novel The New and Improved Romie Futch will follow in 2015, both with Tin House Books. Her fiction has appeared in Tin House, the Georgia Review, Conjunctions, Fence, Puerto del Sol, Mississippi Review and Best American Fantasy. She has won a Pushcart Prize and a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. She is currently working on a novel about Hamadryas baboons, a species that she has studied as an amateur primatologist. She teaches English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where she lives with her daughter and husband.