Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala, India, and educated in Hong Kong, New York and Bombay. He is a performance poet, librettist, novelist and songwriter. Thayil's collections of poetry include Gemini II: Selected Poems, Apocalypso, English, and These Errors are Correct. He has edited Give the Sea Change and It Shall Change: 56 Indian Poets, Divided Time: India and the End of Diaspora, and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. His first novel, Narcopolis, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won a DSC Prize for South Asian literature.