Mona Lisa Jena was born in khurda, Odisha . She is the author of many books in various genres, including two collections of short stories, three books of poems and several volumes of translations. She has to her credit three collections of poems in Odia; Nisarga Dhwani and Ai Sabu Dhruba Muhurta and Nakshtra Devi. Her short stories are collected in Indramalatira Shoka and Nilamadhabi. Nargis is her novel written in Odia. Ms Jena also wrote a biography of the noted Odia poet Ramakanta Rath besides translating and editing Dasuram’s Script, a collection of contemporary Odia stories published by Harper Collins.she also translated Ms Pratibha Ray’s novel into english as Citadel of love, published by Rupa &Co.Delhi.Ms.Jena received The Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation ( for the year 2007), for the novel Astoraga originally written in Assamese by Homen Boroghain. She was awarded by Central Sahitya Akademi , New Delhi, for literature in 2017 for translating Asirvadara Ranga..