Temsula Ao

Temsula Ao is an Indian English poet, scholar, and novelist from Nagaland. She is currently Dean of the School of Humanities and Education at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, where she has been teaching since 1975. From 1992-97 she served as Director, North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur on Deputation from NEHU, and was Fulbright Fellow to University of Minnesota, 1985-86. A Padma Shri Awardee, she is widely respected as one of the major literary voices in English to emerge from North East India along with Mitra Phukan and Mamang Dai. She is the recipient of the Governor’s Gold Medal 2009 from the government of Meghalaya. Her works have been translated into German, French, Assamese, Bengali and Hindi. Temsula Ao has written 5 books of poetry, 2 books of short stories, a book on Henry James and a book on her own culture called The Ao-Naga Oral Tradition. Her poems and articles have appeared in many anthologies and one of her short stories has been translated into German, while her first book of short stories called These Hills Called Home: Stories From A War Zone was translated into Kannada and published. She received the Nagaland Governor’s Award for Distinction in Literature, 2009.