A journalist and former civil servant based in Itanagar, Mamang Dai has written extensively about the culture and history of Arunachal Pradesh. She is a member of the North East Writers’ Forum, and has published several short stories and poems. Her books include: Arunachal Pradesh: The Hidden Land; Mountain Harvest: The Food of Arunachal; Stupid Cupid, The Legends of Pensam; and The Black Hill; and two children’s books, Once Upon a Moontime and The Sky Queen. She was conferred the Verrier Elwin Prize in 2013 for her Arunachal Pradesh: The Hidden Land, and received the Padma Shri in 2011. The Black Hill won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2017.