Whitney Terrell is the author of The Huntsman, a New York Times notable book, and The King of Kings County, which was selected as a best book of 2005 by The Christian Science Monitor. He was named one of 20 "writers to watch" under 40 by members of the National Book Critics Circle. His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Details, The New York Observer, and on National Public Radio. In 2006, he embedded with the 22nd infantry in Baghdad. He was educated at Princeton University (B.A.) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A.) and is the New Letters Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.