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 most recently 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 recently moved to the DC suburbs in Maryland, with her husband and children. She is Armenian-American and her last name is pronounced Ja-NICK-ee-uhn (yes, the “D” is silent). Find out more about Ariel here.