Karthika Nair published her first book of poems, Bearings, in 2009. Her other works include a book of children's fiction and a work entitled DESH: Memories inherited, borrowed, invented. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies. Born in Kerala, India, Nair moved to France in 2000 to pursue a Masters in Arts Management, and stayed on in Paris thereafter. She has worked for several years with various cultural institutions in Paris, and elsewhere in Europe, as dance producer and curator. She is the script-writer of DESH, choreographer Akram Khan's award-winning dance production, together with performance poet PolarBear and Khan himself.