Nandita’s origins are contested. Some say she made herself up. Others postulate that she crawled out of a book that lay forgotten on her parents’ shelves. Still others believe she emerged from a food baby her father nursed after too much big-apple pizza. Regardless, she was born. She grew up a little then went off to study English Literature at Williams College. When she wasn’t lost in literary space, she was stomping and clapping on her college step team, writing, or wondering. She spent her summers and post-grad years working with arts organizations and teaching in urban America and rural India.