Anna Badkhen is the author of seven books, most recently Bright Unbearable Reality, longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award. Her awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship, and the Joel R. Seldin Award from Psychologists for Social Responsibility for writing about civilians in war zones. Essays in New York Review of Books, Granta, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Emergence, the New York Times. Fiction in AGNI, Zyzzyva, Conjunctions, The Common, Scalawag. Badkhen was born in the Soviet Union and is a US citizen.