Kia Corthron is the author of more than fifteen plays produced nationally and internationally, portraying characters who live in extreme poverty or crisis and whose lives are otherwise invisible. Corthron’s most recent awards include a Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright (Honored Playwright) Award, the USA Jane Addams Fellowship Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. She has also written for television, receiving a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and an Edgar Award for The Wire. Her novels include her new book, The Moon and the Mars, and her first book The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter which won the Center for Fiction’s 2016 First Novel Prize. She grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and now lives in Harlem, New York City.