Dr. Gayatribala Panda (b.1977) is a well known Odia poet, fiction writer, literary critic and journalist. She is the recipient of 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 to her credit eleven collections of poetry (two of which translated into Hindi, one translated into English), four novels and two collections of short story.