Perumal Morrigan is an author from a small Indian town who writes about caste and how it plays out in fictional villages. After bearing an organized attack against his novel One Part Woman in his hometown, the author didn’t write or read for several years, reports Ellen Barry for the New York Times.

Now, although Morrigan is writing again and has several new books out, he says that: “A censor is seated inside me now. … He is testing every word that is born within me. His constant caution that a word may be misunderstood so, or it may be interpreted thus, is a real bother. But I’m unable to shake him off.”

Kelly Lynn Thomas reads, writes, and sometimes sews in Pittsburgh, PA. Her creative work has appeared in Sou’wester, Thin Air Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, metazen, and others, and she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. She is hopelessly obsessed with Star Wars and can always be found with a large mug of tea. She also runs the very small Wild Age Press. Read more at kellylynnthomas.com. More from this author →