Joya Mitra, a full-time writer, is the author of several novels and collections of poems in Bengali. Her involvement with politics began while she was a college student in the late 1960s. From 1970-74, she was imprisoned for her work with the Naxalite movement in West Bengal, an experience she recounts in Killing Days: Prison Memoirs, part of Women Unlimited’s new series, Personal/Political (2004). Among her other novels is Swarna Kamaler Cinha (The Sign of the Golden Lotus). Her poetry collections include Pratnoprastherer Gaan (Song of the Ancient Stones), and Deergha Ektara (The Long String Instrument). She has translated the works of Amrita Pritam, Bhisham Sahni, Vaidehi and Ajeet Cour into Bengali. She has a keen interest in issues relating to the environment, women and peace.