Helon Habila teaches creative writing at George Mason University. He is the author of four novels: Waiting for an Angel, Measuring Time, Oil on Water and Travelers. He edited The Granta Book of The African Short Story. His book of nonfiction, The Chibok Girls, focuses on the 276 school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in northeastern Nigeria in 2014. He is a contributing editor to the VQR. He is a winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize, among many other awards. He lives in Virginia.