Ruth Vanita taught at Delhi University and at the University of Montana. She co-founded Manushi, India’s first nationwide feminist magazine. Her many books include Sappho and the Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and the English Literary Imagination (1996); Love’s Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India (2005); Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry (2012); and Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema (2017). She co-edited Same-Sex Love in India (2000). She recently published a translation of Mahadevi Varma’s My Family, and a novel Memory of Light (2020). The Dharma of Justice in the Sanskrit Epics: Debates on Gender, Varna and Species and A Hidden Player, her second book of poems, will appear in 2022.