Rukmini Bhaya Nair is an eminent linguist, award winning poet, writer and critic of India. She won the First Prize in the All India Poetry Competition in 1990 organized by The Poetry Society (India) in collaboration with British Council.
Rukmini Bhaya Nair received her Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. She specializes in cognitive linguistics and critical theory. She is a professor of Linguistics and English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
She is the author of The Ayodhya Cantos and The Hyoid Bone: Poems. She was mentioned among the "Faces of the Millennium" in Literature by the India Today magazine in 2000.
Her awards and fellowships include J.N. Tata Scholarship, the Hornby Foundation Award and the Dorothy Lee Grant besides winning Poetry prizes of Poetry Society ( India ) etc. She was All India Poetry Champion in 1990 for her poem Kali.