Shanta Acharya was born and educated in Cuttack, Odisha, and won a scholarship to Oxford, where she was awarded her doctoral degree. Subsequently, she was appointed a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. Her eleven books range from poetry, fiction and literary criticism, to finance. Her poems, articles and reviews have appeared in major publications worldwide. Founder of “Poetry in the House”, she has hosted a series of monthly poetry readings at Lauderdale House in London from 1996–2015. She served twice on the board of trustees of the Poetry Society in the UK. Her forthcoming publication is Imagine: New and Selected Poems (2017).