Kaitlin Solimine is the co-founder of Hippo Reads and author of the debut novel, Empire of Glass (2017), which was short-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Raised in New England, Solimine has considered China a second home for almost two decades. While majoring in East Asian studies at Harvard University, she was a Harvard-Yenching scholar and wrote and edited Let’s Go: China (2004). In 2006-2007, she was a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Creative Arts Fellow in China where she began work on Empire of Glass. She was the Donald E. Axinn Scholar in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2010 and graduated from the M.F.A. program in writing at UC San Diego in 2011. Solimine is the 2012 recipient of the Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program award and has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center.