Ankush Saikia was born in Tezpur, Assam, in 1975. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin; Assam; and Shillong, Meghalaya.


He has worked in journalism and publishing in New Delhi for over a decade and was shortlisted for the Outlook–Picador India non-fiction writing award (2005). He is the author of five novels, Jet City Woman (2007), The Girl from Nongrim Hills (2013), Dead Meat (2015), Red River, Blue Hills (2015) and Remember Death (2016), and is currently based in Shillong and Tezpur.