Vanessa Manko is the author of The Invention of Exile. She earned her MFA from Hunter College where she was the recipient of a Hertog Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Granta, the New York Times Magazine, the Barnes & Noble Review, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She has taught writing at Wesleyan University, New York University, and SUNY Purchase. She is at work on a novel called A Question of Illumination, inspired by the life of Loïe Fuller, the late 19th-century modern dancer in Paris.