Jess Row was born in 1974 in Washington, DC. After graduating from Yale, he taught English for two years at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and in 2001 received an MFA from the University of Michigan. The Train to Lo Wu, his first collection of stories, was shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Pushcart Prize and an NEA fiction fellowship. In 2007 he was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. His fiction has appeared recently in the Atlantic, Ploughshares, Witness and American Short Fiction.