Minati Singh was born and raised in India. She came to the U.S. in 1985 and earned a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. After a couple of stints as an Assistant Professor of English, she left academia in 1998. Her daughter, Esther India, was born in 2001 and since then, she has been struggling to find time to write and sometimes resisting, sometimes embracing being transformed by motherhood. She lives with her husband and daughter in Seattle. “Lesson from a Poet” is her first published poem. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of poems.