A poet, fic­tion wri­ter and trans­la­tor, Srilata is Associate Professor of English at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras.   Her books include a novel Table for Four (long lis­ted for the Man Asian lite­ra­ry prize and publi­shed by Penguin in 2011, two col­lec­tions of poems tit­led Arriving Shortly (Writers Workshop, 2011) and Seablue Child (Brown Critique, 2000), The Other Half of the Coconut : Women Writing Self-Respect History (Zubaan, 2003), Short Fiction from South India (OUP, 2007) and Rapids of a Great River : The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry (Penguin/​Viking, 2009).

Srilata was a Charles Wallace Writer-in-resi­dence at the University of Stirling, Scotland as well as a Sangam house wri­ter-in-resi­dence.