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Meet the Punk Dalit Girl Who Is India’s First Hugo Nominee

Mimi Mondal, who describes herself as ‘punk Dalit girl’ on Twitter, is India’s first nominee for the prestigious Hugo Awards — given annually for the best literary works of science fiction or fantasy — in the Best Related Works category.

Mondal grew up in Kolkata, trained as an editor, and studied in Scotland and New York. In 2015, she received the Octavia E Butler Memorial Scholarship that enables writers of colour to attend one of the Clarion writing workshops, where Butler herself got her start in writing.

As a Dalit woman science fiction writer, Mimi has been pegged to an array of stereotypes.

Read it at The Quint

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