Born in 1976 in the Osaka prefecture, Mieko Kawakami started her career as a singer songwriter before making her literary debut with the prose poem, “Sentan de sasuwa sasareruwa soraeewa” in 2006.
Her first novella My Ego, My Teeth, and the World, published in 2007, was nominated for the Akutagawa Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in Japan, and was awarded the Tsubouchi Shoyo Prize for Young Emerging Writers.
In the following year, Kawakami published her second novella Breasts and Eggs. This work won the Akutagawa Prize and earned praise from the acclaimed writer Yoko Ogawa. She is also the author of Heaven and The Night Belongs to Lovers. She Lives in Japan.