Ankush Saikia was born in Tezpur, Assam in 1975. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin; Assam; and Shillong, Meghalaya.

He has worked in journalism and publishing in New Delhi. In 2005, he was on the shortlist for the fourth Outlook/Picador-India non-fiction writing award.

He has published two books so far. The first, Jet City Woman, a short novel set in Delhi and north-east India, was published by Rupa & Co. in 2007.

Spotting Veron and Other Stories is his second book, also published by Rupa & Co., in 2011.