Mimi Swartz —author of 2018’s Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart and co-author of Power Failure, The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron—is an executive editor of Texas Monthly. Previously, she was a staff writer at Talk and at the New Yorker. She is a two-time National Magazine Award winner and four-time finalist. Swartz’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Slate, National Geographic, and the New York Times. It has also been collected in Best American Political Writing 2006 and Best American Sportswriting 2007. She has been a member of the Texas Institute of Letters since 1994. Swartz grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts. She now lives in Houston with her husband, John Wilburn.