Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of the debut novel 99 Nights in Logar, which has been shortlisted for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. He was born in an Afghan refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, but he originally hails from Logar, Afghanistan. He was a Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded the Henfield Prize for Fiction. His fiction has been published, or is forthcoming, in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018, A Public Space, and The Sewanee Review. His essays have been published at The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He currently resides in West Sacramento, California.