Ananda Lima holds an MA in Linguistics from UCLA. She was a mentee in the AWP Writer to Writer Program and has attended workshops at Bread Loaf, Sewanee and Tin House. She has taught at UCLA and The Montclair State University. Ananda is currently working on a poetry collection centered on identity in immigration and motherhood as well as a novel set in Brasilia, where she grew up as the daughter of migrants from Northeast Brazil. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review.