Kiran Bains Sahota was born around the thick orchards of Northern California. Inspired by her town of diverse voices and rich natural surroundings, Bains uses storytelling to speak on the cultural realities facing South Asian communities and often explores the qualities of the human condition that sustain life.
Bains earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California in 2021. She earned her BA in English from UC Berkeley in 2019, while working with authors Robert Hass and Joyce Carol Oates. On a summer abroad, she also studied fiction writing at Oxford University, studying Tolkien and Lewis Carroll, among other prominent English authors.
Bains is currently working on her first novel. Her work has been in issues of the Cosumnes River College Journal, College Magazine, The Appeal Democrat, Dear Quarantine Diary, Forum Magazine, as well as her own site, SunsetDahlia.com.
She has publications through Risk Press (2022) and Maiden Magazine (Winter 2021) forthcoming.