Ivy Pochoda grew up in Brooklyn, New York, in a house filled with books. She is the author of the novels The Art of Disappearing and Visitation Street. A former professional squash player, she moonlights as a ghostwriter. She was the 2009 James Merrill House Writer in Residence. She has a BA from Harvard College in English and classical Greek with a focus on dramatic literature and an MFA from Bennington College in fiction. Ivy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Justin Nowell.