Born in Kansas in 1979, BEN LERNER is the author of three books of poetry, The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a Howard Foundation Fellowship. In 2011, he became the first American to win the Münster Prize for International Poetry. He teaches in the writing program at Brooklyn College. This, his first novel, won the Believer Book Award, was shortlisted for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and is a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award.