Sridala Swami is a poet, essayist, photographer, and author of children’s books. Her first collection of poems, A Reluctant Survivor (2007), was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award in 2008. Escape Artist (2014) was shortlisted for the inaugural Khushwant Singh Poetry Prize. Her work has featured in The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (2008). She was the Charles Wallace writer-in-residence at the University of Stirling, Scotland (2011), and a Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa (2013). In 2020, she was on the jury of the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Run for the Shadows (2021) is her latest collection of poems.