Sharmila Seyyid is a journalist, poet, writer and activist from Eravur, in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province. She has been working as a journalist and a writer since 2001, and as an activist for women in the Batticaloa District since 2006. In 2009, she founded the Organization for Social Development, a community-based organization in Eravur. She has been working closely with the minority women in the east, for the last several years, following the war. Her interests include printing, writing and media collaboration about women, child issues, humanitarian issues, youth activism, women rights and gender.
Sharmila is the author of a poetry collection called Siragu Mulaitha Pen. She received two awards for her contributions to literature: the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writer and artists association's Master Gorkki Memorial Award for Poetry Literature, and the Tamiliyal Award, presented by the Writers Motivation Centre. Ummath is her latest book.
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).