Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria and the United States. Her work has received grants and awards from Commonwealth Writers, the Elizabeth George Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Breadloaf and others. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and is the recipient of an O'Henry Award, the 2017 Kirkus Prize, and is a Society of Midland Authors 2017 honoree. Her short story collection What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky was published by Riverhead in April 2017 and is a finalist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize and New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. She currently lives in Minneapolis.