Geetha Iyer received an MFA in Creative Writing & Environment from Iowa State University in 2014. Her writing appears in journals including Orion, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, the Mid-American Review, andTerritory, among others. Recognition for her work includes an O. Henry Award, the James Wright Poetry Award, the Calvino Prize, and the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize. She was a 2016 writer-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. She was born in India, grew up in the United Arab Emirates, and presently lives in Panama.