Kirk Kjeldsen received an MFA from the University of Southern California and is currently an assistant professor in the cinema program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. He has also taught at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb) and the Polish National Film School in Łódź. His novel "Land of Hidden Fires" was named one of the ten best books of 2017 by the New Jersey Star-Ledger. He also wrote and produced the feature film “Gavagai,” directed by Rob Tregenza, which Richard Brody of The New Yorker called "an extraordinary and memorable film." He lives in Germany with his wife and children.