Myay Hmone Lwin

Myay Hmone Lwin (the pen name for San Mong Aung) is the author of a short story collection, An Otter Sneaked Out From the Yangon Zoo (2014), four novels and two poetry collections, Wanna Ride? (2010) and Scuttlebutt, which was published in a bilingual edition and launched at the Singapore Writers Festival in 2015.

Myay Hmone Lwin is the founder of NDSP (Ngar Doe Sar Pay, meaning Our Literature) publishing house which has published about 150 titles, many of them bestsellers and potential classics of Burmese literature. In 2014 he was nominated for the International Publishers Association’s Freedom to Publish award. In the same year he won a Salai Tin Maung Oo Literary Award, named after a student activist who was hanged in prison in 1976 at the age of 24.

Selected for the International Writing Program at Iowa, in 2014 May Hmone Lwin spent ten weeks in the USA, participating in a wide range of literary activities. He edited an anthology of Burmese writing at Iowa called A Knot is Where You Tie a Piece of Rope.

He is the founder of Yangon Book Plaza, the biggest book plaza in Myanmar.