Meena Kandasamy is a poet, fiction writer, translator, and activist who was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch and Ms Militancy, and the critically-acclaimed novel, The Gypsy Goddess. Her second novel, When I Hit You, was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Her latest novel is Exquisite Cadavers. Her op-eds/essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, The White Review, Guernica, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, Himal Southasian, The Hindu, and Outlook, among other places. She currently lives in East London.