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Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako Isako (Alice James Books, 2018), winner of the Alice James Award, the Nautilus Gold Award for Poetry, a National Indie Excellence Award, a Maine Literary Award, and finalist for the California Book Award. Her work has also received the Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry and the Singapore Poetry Prize. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the University of Washington, and her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Yale Review, CALYX, Indiana Review, and The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit. A founding editor of Lantern Review, Mia has received fellowships from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop and Kundiman, an organization dedicated to the cultivation of Asian American writing. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she tends a garden.