Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She is a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow, winner of the Crab Orchard Review’s 2018 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, and proud recipient of the inaugural Undocupoets fellowship. She was a 2015 Poets House Emerging Poet and Queens Council on the Arts fellow, as well as a participant in the Cave Canem Workshop. She holds an MFA from Columbia University.

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