Sridala Swami is a poet, writer, and photographer. Her publications include two collections of poetry and four books for children (2009-12). Her work as a photographer has been exhibited in galleries—Voices and Data (2003) and Posting the Light: Dispatches from Hamburg (2009) are among her major work. Her first collection of poems, A Reluctant Survivor (2007) was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award (2008), and her second collection Escape Artist (2014) was shortlisted for the inaugural Khushwant Singh Poetry Prize. She was Charles Wallace writer-in-residence at the University of Stirling (2011), and a Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa (2013).