Anuradha Rajurkar is the recipient of the national SCBWI Emerging Voices Award for her contemporary YA novel, AMERICAN BETIYA (Knopf/Penguin Random House, February 2021). The proud daughter of Indian immigrant parents, she was born and raised in the suburbs near Chicago. After earning from Northwestern University both a BA in Sociology and an MS in Education, she became a teacher. Anuradha lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she spends her free time reading, hiking, watching foreign films, and roguishly knitting sweaters without following patterns. She is represented by Alexander Slater of Trident Media Group.