Geetha Iyer was born in India and grew up in the United Arab Emirates, and moved to the United States to study biology. She has since become an MFA student at Iowa State University’s Creative Writing & Environment program. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry bent toward place-based and science writing. Geetha Iyer is a recipient of the Hopwood Undergraduate Short Fiction Award and the Robert F. Haugh Prize from the University of Michigan. She received the 2012 Fiction Prize from Gulf Coast and a work-study scholarship at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2013. Her story “The Mongerji Letters” received the 2013 Calvino Prize.