Easterine Kire Photo: © Writer’s Center Norwich

Easterine Kire (Iralu) is a poet, writer, and novelist from Nagaland. She is one of the finest story tellers from the region and has written several books in English including three collections of poetry and short stories. Her first novel, A Naga Village Remembered, was the first-ever Naga novel to be published.

Easterine Kire’s works reflect the realities of life the way it is in Nagaland and the complexities around the colonial atrocities and discrimination, and the in-house rivalry and ideological differences among the Naga brethren fighting for freedom. She has brought the fascinating and vibrant Naga culture to the rest of the world through her prolific writings that evoke a raw appeal of the age old traditions and scintillating folklore from the deepest corners of the mystic state of Nagaland.

Easterine has translated 200 oral poems from her native language, Tenyidie, into English. Mari, her bestselling novel recounts the true story of a young mother who after losing her fiancé in the war bravely makes the decision to live on for her child and finds happiness again. It also portrays some unknown facets of the World War II, a lesser known but ferocious battle fought against the Japanese troops in Nagaland. Her latest book Bitter Wormwood, a novel on the Indo-Naga conflict, is a stirring insight on how the decades’ long freedom struggle has changed the lives of the common people in Nagaland. Easterine has been actively involved in working on creating better opportunities for the Naga youth and nurturing and evangelizing the Naga folktales. She has just released her first children’s book in English in Nagaland in December 2011.