Sohini Basak grew up in Barrackpore, India. She studied literature and creative writing at the universities of Delhi, Warwick, and East Anglia, where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury continuation grant for poetry. She won first prize at the Unisun TimeOut poetry competition in 2011, second prize at the inaugural RædLeaf India Poetry in 2013, and was shortlisted for the Melita Hume and the Jane Martin poetry prizes in 2014. In 2017, she received a Toto Funds the Arts prize for her poetry. Currently, she works as an editor in Delhi, and is a social media manager for the translation journal Asymptote.
In January 2017, her debut poetry collection We Live in the Newness of Small Differences was awarded the inaugural Beverly Series manuscript prize and will be out from Eyewear Publishing in early 2018.