Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a
fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Lannan
Literary Fellowship. He was also named a “20 under 40” writer to watch by the New Yorker. His writing has appeared in
the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper’s, Granta, and other publications. He lives
with his family in Washington, DC.