Todd Kliman is The Washingtonian's dining editor and a restaurant critic. He received a James Beard Foundation Award in 2005 for his columns at Washington City Paper. He is the author of The Wild Vine, which the Richmond Times-Dispatch called "an outstanding work of literature" and the Washington Post lauded as "fascinating, and with a haunting finish." His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Lucky Peach, The Oxford American, and The Daily Beast, among others, and been widely anthologized. Kliman also taught English and literature for 10 years at American University and Howard University. At Howard, he was the editorial advisor to Chris Rock's controversial humor magazine, The Illtop Journal, modeled after the Harvard Lampoon and designed to give young African Americans a forum to break into comedy writing.