Born in Viet Nam in 1973, Nguyen Phan Que Mai grew up witnessing the war's devastation on her country. She worked as a street seller and rice farmer before winning a scholarship to attend university in Australia. She is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction published in Vietnamese, and her writing has been translated and published in more than 10 countries, most recently in Norton's Inheriting the War anthology. Her work has received the Ha Noi Writers Association 'Poetry of the Year' Award (2010). She currently lives with her family in Jakarta.