Easterine Kire is a poet, short story writer, novelist and an author of children’s books. She is the first English novelist from Nagaland. She is the author who designed a perspective to cultural narratives that needed a voice.
“This is our home, do you understand? We cannot abandon it and try to live in another place. Our umbilical cords are buried here, and we would always be restless if we tried to settle elsewhere.” says the protagonist in Easterine Kire’s award-winning novel ‘When the River Sleeps‘.
Anchored in Nagaland the stories she writes profess her love for the place she belongs to. Her narratives capture the essence and beauty of a region that appears far and inaccessible to the rest of the country. Easterine currently lives in Norway, is not the sole reason that could have endowed her with the clarity of her home town. The writer who grew up reading literature from all over the world, says that writing came naturally to her. She published her first volume of poetry followed by short stories. Her first novel is, A Naga Village Remembered published in 2003. With a feminist intonation holding the various topics she focusses on, Kire blends tradition, memories, and history in interesting permutations and combinations that keep the reader hooked. Her stories aim at restoring oral narratives that could be lost with time.
Easterine Kire’s work has been translated into German, Croatian, Uzbek, Norwegian and Nepali. In 2011 she was awarded the governor’s medal for excellence in Naga literature. Son of the Thundercloud won Bal Sahitya Puraskar in 2018 and When the River Sleeps won the Hindu prize for fiction in 2015. Other published works include A Terrible Matriarchy, Life on Hold, Bitter Woman Hood, Don’t Run My Love and A Respectable Woman.