Natalie Lima is a 2016 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow and a VONA/Voices alum. She is a first-generation college graduate of Northwestern University and  an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona. Her essays and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Guernica, Longreads, Catapult, Brevity, The Offing, and elsewhere. She is currently writing a dark humor memoir-in-essays about navigating the absurdities of life.