Vauhini Vara is a contributing writer for the website of the New Yorker. Her features have also appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, and Businessweek, among other magazines. She is also an O. Henry Prize-winning fiction writer whose short stories have been published in Tin House, Zyzzyva, Glimmer Train and elsewhere. She began her career, more than a decade ago, as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal covering Silicon Valley and U.S. politics; her writing has been anthologized in “Dogfight at the Pentagon,” a 2014 collection of front-page features from the Journal. In 2013, she launched the business section of the New Yorker’s website and spent a year as its founding editor. Vauhini earned her B.A. in international relations from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She has received fellowships from the International Center for Journalists, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Iowa Writers Workshop, and other organizations. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where her husband, Andrew Altschul, teaches at Colorado State University.