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Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Mothersalt (Alice James Books, forthcoming 2025) and Isako Isako (Alice James Books, 2018), a California Book Award finalist and winner of the Alice James Award, the Nautilus Gold Award for Poetry, a National Indie Excellence Award, and a Maine Literary Award. She is also the author of Notes from the Birth Year, winner of the 2022 Bateau Press BOOM Chapbook Contest, and her work has received the Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry and the Singapore Poetry Prize. Mia holds a BA in Creative Writing 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, she has received fellowships from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop and Kundiman, an organization dedicated to the cultivation of Asian American writing. She teaches poetry and tends a hillside in the San Francisco Bay Area.