Allyson Armistead was born in Atlanta and grew up with her military father in locations around the country. She is an MFA (fiction) fellow at George Mason University. Her short fiction was nominated for the 2010 Best New American Voices anthology and was the recipient of the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award in 2008, and she was a finalist in Narrative’s Winter 2009 Story Contest. Armistead is at work on a novel, The Way of Lien, a story set around the events of the 1937 Nanking massacre in Japanese-occupied China. She lives in the Washington DC area.