Temsula Ao is an Indian poet, short story writer, and ethnographer who writes in English. She is one of Nagaland’s most eminent contemporary folklorists, academics and poets, and one of the finest authors of the country. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007 and the Nagaland Governor’s Award for Distinction in Literature in 2009. For her collection of short stories Laburnum for My Head, Temsula Ao received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2013. She was also the recipient of the Kusumagraj National Literature Award (for Poetry) in 2015.
Temsula Ao retired as Professor of English from the North Eastern Hills University which she had first joined in 1975. Her works have been translated into German, French, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada and Hindi.