Porter grew up in Lackawanna, the second youngest of eight siblings, and graduated from Buffalo
City Honors High School. She earned an undergraduate degree from SUNY-Albany and an M.F.A. in
creative writing from Louisiana State University. Following the publication of her critically acclaimed
first novel, All-Bright Court, she was named a regional winner in Granta’s Best Young American
Novelists competition. She is the author of a second novel, Imani All Mine, and the best-selling Addy
books in the American Girls series. She has taught creative writing at Emerson College and Southern
Illinois University at Carbondale, and currently lives in Virginia, where she is working on a novel set in
the Hamlin Park neighborhood.