Xochitl Gonzalez received her Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and the recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship for Fiction. Prior to writing, Xochitl wore many hats, including entrepreneur, wedding planner, fundraiser and tarot card reader. She is a proud alumna of the New York City public school system and holds a bachelor's degree in art history and visual art from Brown University. She lives in her hometown of Brooklyn with her dog, Hectah Lavoe. "Olga Dies Dreaming" is her debut.