William Shunn was born in Los Angeles and raised in Utah. Since his first publication in 1993, his work has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, Salon, Storyteller, Sunstone, and many others. Along the way he has garnered nominations for the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, and Association for Mormon Letters Awards. Shunn has worked as a software developer for WordPerfect Corporation, Sesame Workshop, and various other organizations. On September 11, 2001, he created what may have been the first online "survivor registry," a site that allowed people in affected cities to report themselves safe. He lives in New York City, where he hosts and produces Line Break, a monthly literary reading series.