Raised in New England, Kaitlin Solimine has considered China a second home for almost two decades. While majoring in East Asian Studies at Harvard University, she was a Harvard-Yenching scholar and wrote and edited Let's Go: China (St. Martin's Press). She has been awarded a Fulbright Creative Arts Fellow in China and the Donald E. Axinn Scholarship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. An excerpt from her first novel, Empire of Glass, won the 2012 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program award judged by Colson Whitehead. She is the 'Saving China' columnist exploring environmental issues for The World of Chinese Magazine and her fiction and non-fiction has been published in National Geographic News, Guernica Magazine, Kartika Review, The Huffington Post, China Daily, and numerous anthologies. Kaitlin is co-founder of HIPPO Reads, a literary-based start-up that curates and delivers high quality educational reads.