Kia Corthron's first novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, won the coveted First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction in 2016. It was championed by Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, Robin D.G. Kelley, and Angela Y. Davis, among many others, and received rave reviews in The New York Times Book Review, where it was an Editor's Choice, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere._ She is also a nationally and internationally produced playwright, and her work for the stage has garnered the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Horton Foote Playwriting Award, the Flora Roberts Award, and others. She lives in Harlem. _Moon and the Mars is her second book.