Avner Pariat is a Khasi Jaintia writer from Shillong. His articles have appeared in publications such as Economic and Political Weekly and Cafe Dissensus. He is a contributing editor for raiot.in, and writes a blog From Mawlai. He received an India Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2016) to investigate the socio-cultural impact of the ‘khla’ (big cat) on the lives of the Khasi Jaintia people of Eastern Meghalaya. He was a finalist for the 2016 National Poetry Mail Award of the Raedleaf Foundation for Poetry and Allied Arts, Hyderabad. His poems have been published in the North East edition of the Neesah magazine and the indie art publication The Baroda Pamphlet. He is participating in Poetry Connections India Wales, a project of Literature Across Frontiers supported by Wales Arts International and the British Council.