Ilana Garon grew up first in Paris, France, and then in the Washington, D.C. area. She attended high school at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, where she ran cross country, wrote for the school paper, and plotted a romantic escape to New York City that was only vaguely inspired by 90’s TV show Felicity. She fulfilled this master plan by attending Barnard College, where she majored in English and Psychology.
After graduation, Ilana became a high school English teacher in the Bronx, NY–which was tons of fun, but also super hard–and she spent the next few years trying to get better at it. In the process, she earned an MA in Secondary English Education at City College, an MFA in Nonfiction Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and wrote a book with a zany title about the whole experience.
Ilana is married to an active duty Army officer. In her spare time, she is a competitive distance runner. She also enjoys reading new fiction, watching strange German shows with subtitles on Netflix, and drinking iced coffee.