Ariel Djanikian was born in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA degree from the University of Michigan and is the previous recipient of a Fulbright grant, Meijer Fellowship, Cowden Award, and Hopwood Award. Her novel The Office of Mercy was published with Viking/Penguin, and her writing has appeared in Tin House, Alaska Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, The Millions, and The Rumpus. In addition to Philadelphia and Ann Arbor, she has lived in Madison, WI, Irvine, CA, and Chapel Hill, NC. She currently lives near DC with her husband and children and teaches fiction writing at Georgetown University. She is Armenian-American and her last name is pronounced Ja-NICK-ee-uhn (yes, the “D” is silent). Contact Ariel via Jenni Ferrari-Adler at Union Literary email@example.com or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about Ariel here.