Laura Sims grew up in Richmond and attended the College of William and Mary. She is most recently the author of Looker, a psychological thriller published by Scribner in January 2019. As People magazine describes it, “In Sims’s creepy debut, a woman fixates on the actress living across the street, admiration tilting into pathology as events in her own life—infertility, her husband’s desertion—unmask her fragility. The ultimate unreliable narrator, she reveals her instability slowly.” Also a poet, Sims has published four full-length collections, most recently Staying Alive and My god is this a man. Her honors include the 2005 Fence Books Alberta Prize and a Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship from the Japan-US Friendship Commission. She presently teaches creative writing at New York University and lives outside the city with her family.