VoW 2019 - Speaker
Dr Easterine Kire
Dr Easterine Kire is a poet, short story writer, children’s book writer and novelist from Nagaland. She published the first English novel by a Naga in 2003 entitled, A Naga Village Remembered (Ura Academy).
Her second novel, A Terrible Matriarchy (Zubaan 2007) has been translated to Norwegian, German and Marathi. In addition, she has six books in German translation and one more in Norwegian.
Bitter Wormwood, (Zubaan 2011) her fourth novel, was shortlisted for The Hindu literary prize 2013.
In 2011, she was awarded the Governor’s prize for excellence in Naga literature, and in 2013, she was awarded the “Free Word” by Catalan PEN, Barcelona.
In 2016, she won the Hindu Literature Prize for her book, When the River Sleeps (Zubaan).
Her book, Son of the Thundercloud (Speaking Tiger, 2016) has been awarded the Tata Litlive Book of the Year award in 2017. In 2018, Son of the Thundercloud, won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar. In 2019, When the River Sleeps won the inaugural Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature.
Easterine writes poetry and is a member of the Norwegian band called Jazzpoesi and the band in India, Jazztri. The Norwegian band has given out a digital cd in summer 2013 that topped the Norwegian Jazz charts in summer.