Sasha Pimentel was born in the Philippines and raised in the United States and Saudi Arabia. She received an MFA from California State University, Fresno. Pimentel is the author of For Want of Water (Beacon Press, 2017), which was selected for the National Poetry Series by Gregory Pardlo, and Insides She Swallowed (West End Press, 2010), which received an American Book Award. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and was the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at Universität Leipzig in Germany. Pimentel was the guest editor for Poem-a-Day in March 2021 and currently teaches in the Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas, El Paso, where she lives.