MIEKO KAWAKAMI made her literary debut as a poet in 2006. The following year, her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World, was awarded the Tsubouchi Shoyo Prize for Young Emerging Writers. Kawakami then published Breasts and Eggs in 2008, and won Japan’s most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. In 2016, she was selected as Granta Best of Young Japanese Novelist. She was born in Osaka prefecture, Japan.