Geetha Iyer was born in India and grew up in the United Arab Emirates. She received an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in journals including Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, The Missouri Review Online, and Mid-American Review. She’s been the recipient of the James Wright Poetry Award, the Calvino Prize, and the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, and has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She lives in Panama City, Panama.