Tanaïs (née Tanwi Nandini Islam) is the New York-based author of the critically-acclaimed novel BRIGHT LINES (Penguin 2015), which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, and was the inaugural selection of the First Lady of NYC’s Gracie Book Club, as well as Bustle’s American Woman Book Club. Currently, Tanaïs is working on IN SENSORIUM (HMH Books 2022), an essay collection exploring scent, sensuality, South Asian and Muslim perfume cultures, colonization and its aftermath: the environmental and border crises around the world, as well as a second novel, STELLAR SMOKE. They are the recipient of residencies at Macdowell, Tin House and Djerassi. They are the founder of the beauty and fragrance house TANAÏS.