Dr. Gayatribala Panda (b.1977) is a well known Odia poet, fiction writer, literary critic, essayist, academician and editor. She has authored twenty eight number of books. She is the recipient of Kendra Sahitya Akademi Puraskar in Odia for her poetry collection “DAYANADI”(River Daya) in 2022, first Kendra Sahitya Akademi “ Yuva Puraskar” in Odia for her poetry collection “GAAN”(The Village) in 2011. In 2012, she was named as one of the ten best young writers in the country by the English daily Indian Express (Eye Magazine). She was the 'Writers in-residence' at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in 2015. She has got State Youth Award for poetry, Times Power Women-2021, IIMC Alumni of the year- 2023 among other awards.