Mamang Dai is a poet, novelist and journalist from Arunachal Pradesh. In 2011 Dai was awarded the Padma Shri, and her novel The Black Hill received the Sahitya Akademi Award 2017. She was honoured as the Poet Laureate at the Tata Literature Live! Mumbai LitFest 2023. Her first publication Arunachal Pradesh: The Hidden 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. Her latest book is titled Escaping the Land.