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Other Profession(s): Poet, Ethnographer
Higher Education: M.A. in English from Gauhati University
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About Temsüla Ao
Dr. Temsüla Ao, one of the renowned poet, writer and ethnographer was born on 25 October 1945. In Jorhat, Temsüla was born to Imnamütongba Changkiri and Nokintemla Longkumer. In 2007, she received Padma Shri for her services as a professor of English at North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) and as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Minnesota, USA. Her short story collection, 'Laburnum for My Head', was awarded the Governor's Gold Medal (Meghalaya 2009) and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2013. She has published three collections of short stories and seven poetic works in her lifetime.
In December 1975: Ao began teaching English at NEHU.
In 1983: Ao completed her Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. D. P. Singh. Her thesis, The Heroines of Henry James, examined female protagonists in James's works
From 1992 to 1997: Temsüla Ao worked as Director of the North East Zone Cultural Center, Dimapur, from 1992 to 1997 as a delegate of NEHU
In 2007: Temsüla Ao was awarded the Padma Shri Award. The government of Meghalaya awarded her the Governor's Gold Medal 2009.
In 2007: Temsüla Ao published “Songs From The Other Life”
In 2019: Temsüla Ao published “Songs along the Way Home”
In early 2022: Temsüla Ao’s last short story collection, The Tombstone in my Garden: Stories from Nagaland, was published.
In 2007: Padma Shri
In 2009: Governor's Gold Medal
In 2013: Sahitya Akademi Award
In 2015: Kusumagraj National Literature Award
According to Zahan, Ao was more than just a writer and scholar for the Nagas.
A Guwahati-based scholar, Walter Fernandes, called her an "institution of a scholar" in describing her work and life.