Mahak Jain writes fiction and poetry for young people and adults. She is the author of three picture books: Maya (illust. by Elly MacKay), winner of the 2017 South Asia Book Award and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year; Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes (illust. by Anu Chouhan), a 2023 Blue Spruce Award finalist; and The Only Astronaut (illust. by Andrea Stegmaier), also available internationally in Portuguese and German. Mahak’s fiction and poetry for adults have appeared in magazines across the US and Canada, and she has been longlisted for the Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. As well as being an author, she edits for a variety of Canadian publishers and is a professor of creative writing at Sheridan College.