Stephanie Elizondo Griest is a globe-trotting author from South Texas. Her five books include Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough; and All the Agents & Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands. She has also written for the New York Times, VQR, The Believer, and the Oxford American. A professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, she has performed on five continents in capacities ranging from a Moth storyteller to a U.S. State Department literary ambassador. One place she was thrilled to leave was Planet Cancer. She’s been in remission since December.