Emily Ruskovich grew up in the Idaho Panhandle on Hoodoo Mountain. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope, One Story, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. A winner of a 2015 O. Henry Award and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she currently teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado Denver, but will be joining the faculty at Boise State University in the fall of 2017. Idaho is her first novel.