Ada Limón is the author of three collections of poetry. Her most recent book, Sharks in the Rivers (Milkweed Editions, 2010), was named one of the top 30 books of 2010 by Coldfront magazine and called “complex and wonder filled” by the Library Journal. Her second collection, This Big Fake World, was the winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize, and her first collection, Lucky Wreck, was selected by Jean Valentine as the winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals including, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly Online, Poetry Daily, and The New Yorker.
She received her MFA in Creative Writing from New York University and has received fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and won the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry. She has taught poetry at New York University, Columbia University, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and was a featured poet at the 2012 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. She is currently a judge for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry and will join the 2013 faculty for the low-residency MFA-Latin America for Queens University of Charlotte. She is currently finishing her first novel, a book of essays, and a fourth collection of poetry. She works as a writer and lives in Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.