Hanna Pylväinen is from suburban Detroit. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was also a postgraduate Zell Fellow. She is the recipient of residencies at Djerassi, The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachussetts. Her first novel, We Sinners, was published by Henry Holt in 2012. Currently, she lives in Brooklyn, where she is completing her second novel, The End of Drum Time. Most recently, she is the recipient of the 2012 Whiting Writers' Award, and the Balcones Fiction Prize.