PHOTO: GABRIELA BHASKAR

PHOTO: GABRIELA BHASKAR

"Writers retell the same myths about love, family, betrayal, secrets, death, sex and war and revolution. Retelling is the work we’ve taken on. Yet, in the canon of now, writers of color continue to rewrite a legacy of invisibility, work braved by many writers before us. We’re writing our existence out of the sidelines of literature to the forefront. We’re writing and rewriting our stories, for they are infinite." - "WRITING THE CANON OF NOW," - CATAPULT

Tanwi Nandini Islam is the New York based author of the critically-acclaimed novel BRIGHT LINES (Penguin 2015), which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, and was the inaugural selection of the First Lady of NYC's Gracie Book Club, as well as Bustle's American Woman Book Club.

Her work is multi-disciplinary, dynamic, intersectional and feminist. Over the course of her career, she has worked as a community organizer, a domestic violence court advocate, a probations intake officer, and youth arts educator. While researching her debut novel, BRIGHT LINES, she studied perfumery, amassing a library of 500 fragrant raw materials, which led to the creation of Hi Wildflower, independent beauty & fragrance house.

Currently, Tanwi is working on her second novel, STELLAR SMOKE, and a podcast and perfume anthology project, MALA, which features the scents and stories of five formerly incarcerated women.