Raven Leilani is a fiction author best known for her debut novel Luster published in 2020. However, her love for the written word started many years before she even thought about writing this book. Her artistic family influenced her to pursue visual art after high school, but she did not think that she was good enough to make it in this career. Leilani holds an MFA from NYU. Her other notable works include her Hard Water and Breathing Exercise short stories. The American author has also written for McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Granta, Yale Review, New England Review, and The Cut, among other publications. Currently, Leilani resides in Brooklyn.