Monona Wali is a short story writer and novelist, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. Her debut novel, My Blue Skin Lover, was published in spring 2014 by Blue Jay Ink. She is a Pushcart nominated author and is an alumna of the Hedgebrook Writers Residency (Summer 2015). She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing and literature at Santa Monica College and Antioch University and volunteers with InsideOut Writers, an organization that offers writing classes for incarcerated youth. She was born in Benares, India.