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Hanna Pylväinen is the author of the novel We Sinners, which received the Whiting Award and the Balcones Fiction Prize. She graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was also a Zell Fellow. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal; she is the recipient of residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, and Lásságámmi, as well as fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and from 2014-2016 she was a Princeton Arts Fellow at Princeton University. She has taught at the University of Michigan, Princeton University, and Virginia Commonwealth University; currently, she is on the faculty at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, and is a 2020-2021 Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. Her second novel is forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co. in 2023.

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