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Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning young adult author of three novels. His most recent novel, "The Porcupine of Truth," won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award in 2016, made the YALSA’s 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and was on Booklist’s Best of 2015 list and the ALA’s 2015 Rainbow List. "Openly Straight" won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014. It also made YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List, the TAYSHAS List as a top ten title, the ALA’s Rainbow List, and was a Teens’ Top Ten nominee. His debut novel, "Out of the Pocket," won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. It also made the ALA’s Rainbow List. His forthcoming novel, "Honestly Ben," has received three starred reviews, from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal. Bill is an Assistant Professor of Practice at The Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where he coordinates and teaches in the Your Novel Year online certificate program. Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for ESPN.com and The Associated Press. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.