David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He grew up on Leech Lake and left to attend Princeton University where he worked with Paul Muldoon, Joanna Scott, and Toni Morrison. He published his first novel, Little, when he was twenty-four. Treuer is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize, and his work has appeared on the editor's pick lists of the Washington Post, Time Out, and others. His essays and reviews have appeared in Esquire, Slate, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Treuer has a PhD in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California. He divides his time between Los Angeles and the Leech Lake Reservation.