Vivek Narayanan was born in India and raised in Zambia. His poetry collections include Universal Beach (Harbour Line Press, 2006/In Girum Books, 2011) and Life and Times of Mr S (HarperCollins India, 2012). His honours include a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University. He was a 2015–16 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library while working on a book of poems about the ancient Indian epic poem Ramayana. His essays, criticism, and poetry have appeared in Agni, Granta, The Village Voice, Harvard Review, Caravan, and elsewhere, and his poems have been included in anthologies such as The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe), The Oxford Poets Anthology 2013 (Carcanet), 60 Indian Poets (Penguin), and Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton).