Vivek Narayanan was born in India and raised in Zambia. He completed an MA in cultural anthropology from Stanford University and an MA in creative writing from Boston University before moving back to India in 2000. Narayanan has taught at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and has worked at The Sarai Program at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi. Narayanan’s two books of poems are Life and Times of Mr S (2012) and Universal Beach (2006). He is co-editor of the literary journal, Almost Island, and lives in New Delhi and Fairfax, Virginia.