Nell Zink grew up in rural Virginia. She has worked in a variety of trades, including masonry and technical writing. In the early 1990s, she edited an indie rock fanzine. Her books include The Wall Creeper, Mislaid, Private Novelist, and Nicotine, and her writing has appeared in n+1, Granta, and Harper’s. Doxology, her most recent novel, was listed as a Recommended Book of 2019 from Vulture and Esquire. She lives near Berlin, Germany.