Natasha Hakimi holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration from the University of California, Los Angeles. In college she received scholarships from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Smithsonian Latino Center and the UCLA Alumni Association. She has also received several awards for creative writing, including the May Merill Miller Award for Poetry in 2008 and 2010, the Ruth Brill Award for short fiction in 2010 and the Falling Leaves Award in 2010 and, most recently, the 2012 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship.
Natasha’s passion for revealing the truth through writing has also led her to journalism. She has been published in Los Angeles Magazine, where she interned, and continues to blog for them about Los Angeles events. In addition, she has worked for the renowned literary journal AGNI. She hopes to continue writing for all three genres, balancing her passions for fiction and non-fiction, while often combining them in her creative work.