Khin Mya Zin (b.1956) is a poetess, painter and short story writer. Her first short story was published in 1974 while another 4 years later ‘Mother is a Teacher’ was translated into Japanese and Russian. 6 books followed, including ‘Violent Colour’ (1983) and ‘Other Side of a Thoughtful Mind’ (2004) all of which have established KMZ as a realist writer of note. She spends her time now as a board member of the PEN Myanmar chapter, organising contemporary live literature night all across the country and researching on literature freedoms.
This profile is an excerpt taken and reproduced with the kind permission of the editors from the Burmese language ‘A to Z of Burmese writers’, Volume 1, 2016, and co-translated into English with Dennis Htoo.