(1976 - Present)
Raised in Sonoma, California, Ada Limón was inspired at a young age by the visual arts, particularly the work of her artist mother, Stacia Brady. Limón has published five full-length collections of poetry and two chapbooks. Her two most recent books, both from Milkweed Editions, were The Carrying, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and listed among the Washington Post’s top 5 poetry books of the year for 2018, and Bright Dead Things, a finalist for prizes including the National Book Award. Among her many other accolades, her first book, Lucky Wreck, was awarded the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize by Jean Valentine. Limón’s writing has appeared in journals including the New Yorker, Tin House, and American Poetry Review.
She teaches at Queens University of Charlotte’s Low Residency MFA program and Providence Fine Arts Work Center as well as working as a freelance writer. Limón currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and spends time in California and New York.
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