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. Her book, Bitter Wormwood, (Zubaan 2011) was shortlisted for The Hindu 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, her book When the River Sleeps won the Hindu literature Prize. Her book, Son of the Thundercloud (Speaking Tiger, 2016) has been awarded the Tata Litlive Book of the Year award in 2017 and the Bal Sahitya Puraskar in 2018. Easterine writes poetry and has a band called Jazzpoesi. The band has given out a digital cd in summer 2013 that topped the Norwegian Jazz charts in summer. She is also founder member of a publishing house called Barkweaver Publications.