Alex Gilvarry was born in Staten Island, New York, in 1981. He has been a Norman Mailer Fellow and a visiting scholar at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. His first novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, won the Hornblower Award at the 2012 New York City Book Awards. He has been selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 honorees. Gilvarry teaches fiction at Wesleyan University and is the Artist-in-Residence at Monmouth University. He lives in New York City.