Shobha Rao moved to the United States from India at the age of seven. She is the winner of the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, awarded by Nimrod International Journal, and is the recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation fellowship. Rao has also been a resident at Hedgebrook. Her story "Kavitha and Mustafa" was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories 2015. She lives in San Francisco. Her new book is "Girls Burn Brighter."