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, and Territory, 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.