Emily Ruskovich grew up on Hoodoo Mountain in the Idaho Panhandle. She is the author of the novel IDAHO, which won the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and the Idaho Book Award. She is also the recipient of an O. Henry Award for her short fiction. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Zoetrope: All Story, One Story, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Lithub, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Boise with her husband and her two small daughters, but will be joining the faculty at the University of Montana in Fall of 2021.