author photograph © 2007 Sarah Shatz

NICHOLAS KULISH was born in Washington in 1975 and raised in Arlington, Virginia. He graduated from Columbia College in New York with a bachelor’s of arts degree. He worked a series of odd writing and Internet jobs in Hong Kong and New York before landing as a news assistant at The Wall Street Journal. He worked his way up to staff reporter in the paper’s Washington bureau, covering everything from economics to the presidential recount in Florida following the 2000 election. Kulish embedded with a Marine helicopter squadron for the invasion of Iraq, where he began working on Last One In. He left the Journal to take a Fulbright creative-writing grant in Berlin. He now works as an editorial writer for The New York Times but is leaving in August to become the paper’s Berlin bureau chief.