0Myay Hmone Lwin (the pen name for San Mong Aung) is the author of a short story collection, An otter sneaked out from the Yangon Zoo (2014), four novels – One By Two 1/2 (2011), Khu (2011), Watch Out Your Shadow (2012), and What has been Written on the Stone can’t be Erased by an Eraser (2013) – and two poetry collections, Wanna Ride? (2010) and Scuttlebutt, which was published in a bilingual edition and launched at the Singapore Writers Festival in 2015.
May Hmone Lwin is the founder of NDSP (Ngar Doe Sar Pay, meaning ‘Our Literature’) publishing house which has published about 150 titles, many of them bestsellers and potential classics of Burmese literature. In 2014 he was nominated for the International Publishers Association’s Freedom to Publish award. In the same year he won a Salai Tin Maung Oo Literary Award, named after a student activist who was hanged in prison in 1976 at the age of 24.
Selected for the International Writing Program at Iowa, in 2014 May Hmone Lwin spent ten weeks in the USA, participating in a wide range of literary activities. He edited an anthology of Burmese writing at Iowa called A Knot is where you Tie a Piece of Rope, including contributions from Pe Myint, Ma Thida and Nay Phone Latt.
In 2015, May Hmone Lwin helped organise the first literary translation workshop in Myanmar, called ‘Link the Wor(l)ds’ and supported by PEN International, the British Council, the British Centre for Literary Translation, the Writers’ Centre in Norwich, Select Center and Penguin Random House.
He is the founder of Yangon Book Plaza, the biggest book plaza in Myanmar.