Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala in 1959 and educated in Hong Kong, New York and Bombay. He is a performance poet, songwriter and guitarist, and has published four collections of poetry. He is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. His debut novel, Narcopolis, was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize and won the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Jeet lives in New Delhi.