Amy Stolls is Literature Program Officer for the National Endowment for the Arts, where she manages the grants program in literature. Since 1998, she has reviewed more than 1,300 proposals from organizations and thousands more from individual writers, has moderated more than 20 panels, and worked with more than 300 authors, translators, editors, booksellers, publishers and other experts in the field. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University, where she has taught courses on contemporary literature. Her first novel, "Palms to the Ground," was published in 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.