Mamang Dai is a poet and novelist from Arunachal Pradesh. A former journalist Dai was correspondent for the Hindustan Times, the Telegraph and The Sentinel newspapers, and President, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists. Her first publication ‘Arunachal Pradesh- the hidden land’ (2003), documenting the culture and customs of her land, received the state’s Dr.Verrier Elwin Award. Her other publications include novels, The Legends of Pensam, Stupid Cupid, The Black Hill, River Poems, and Midsummer- Survival Lyrics (Poetry) and children’s literature.
Dai also worked with World Wide Fund for nature in the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspots programme and was Member of the Arunachal Pradesh State Public Service Commission (2011-2017).
In 2011 Dai was awarded the Padma Shri (literature and education), and her novel The Black Hill received the Sahitya Akademi Award 2017, in English.
Dai lives in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.