Thirumavalavan left Sri Lanka for Canada in 1990. He was co- editor of Zha'garam magazine, published in Canada (1996–97) and co-author of the anthology Yutthathai thinpom (1999). He has published two further anthologies, Pani vayal ulavu (2000) and Ahthe iravu ahthe pakal (2003), and the novels Rul Yaazi (2008) and Muthuvenil Pathikam (2013)..
Lakshmi Holmström is a writer and translator. She has translated short stories, novels and poetry by the major contemporary writers in Tamil. Her most recent books are Fish in a Dwindling Lake, a translation of short stories by Ambai (2012); A Second Sunrise, poems by Cheran, translated and edited by Lakshmi Holmström & Sascha Ebeling (2012); Wild Girls, Wicked Words, a translation of poems by four Tamil women (2012). In a time of Burning, a translation of another collection of poems by Cheran, was published by Arc Publications in 2013. This won an English PEN award. In 2000 she received the Crossword Book Award for her translation of Karukku by Bama; in 2007 she shared the Crossword-Hutch Award for her translation of Ambai’s short stories, In a Forest, a Deer; and she received the Iyal Award from the Tamil Literary Garden, Canada, in 2008. She is one of the founding trustees of SADAA (South Asian Diaspora Arts Archive).