LOUISE STERN is an American writer and artist who works around ideas of language, communication and isolation. She grew up in an exclusively deaf community. Her first collection of short stories, Chattering, was published by Granta in 2011. She has written works for theatre including The Ugly Birds and The Interpreter, performed at the Bush Theatre, and was commissioned to write stories for BBC Radio 4 in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries in Geneva, Barcelona, Madrid, London and Port Eliot among other places, and she is the founder and publisher of Maurice, a contemporary art magazine for children. Her debut novel, Ismael and His Sisters, will be published by Granta in February 2015.