Maya Sloan grew up in Oklahoma City and currently lives in Hollywood, California. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University, as well as a[n] MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Arkansas. Her first novel, Red Dirt and Ice, will be published by Simon & Schuster Pocket Books in 2010. She has had stories published in Passages North and Driftwood, with another forthcoming in Boulevard. Maya has received the Inaugural Saul Bellow Literary Prize from Boston University, a St. Bolotoph Foundation Emerging Artists Grant, and a Walton Foundation Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lily Peter Prize and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. She currently teaches at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.