Johanna Skibsrud was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1980. She completed her BA in English Literature from the Victoria College, her MA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and is currently completing her PhD in English Literature at the Université de Montréal, with a focus on the poetry of Wallace Stevens. She has held a variety of different jobs in the meantime, including working with youth at risk in the Canadian arctic, as a wilderness instructor in Florida and Maine, teaching ESL in Korea, and as a sales associate for Canadian Scholars’ Press and Women’s Press in Toronto. Her first book of poetry, Late Nights With Wild Cowboys, was published by Gaspereau Press in 2008 and shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award for the best first book of poetry by a Canadian author. A second book of poetry, I Do Not Think That I Could Love a Human Being, was published in April, 2010, also by Gaspereau Press and shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize. Her debut novel, The Sentimentalists, was awarded the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize and has been translated into five different languages. The novel is based, in part, on the true story of her late father’s experiences during the Vietnam War—specifically his involvement in a controversial operation which resulted in civilian casualties. Johanna’s latest book, a collection of short stories, This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories was published in fall, 2011 by Hamish Hamilton Canada. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.