Shirani Rajapakse

Biography of Shirani Rajapakse

Sri Lankan poet and author Shirani Rajapakse began publishing in 2011. Her debut collection of short stories 'Breaking News' (Vijitha Yapa 2011) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award. Her poetry is published in literary magazines and anthologies (both print and ezine) . In early 2013 she won the 'Cha 'Betrayal' Poetry Contest. Her poem 'The Shower' was selected as a finalist in the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013.

Except for a few, the majority of poems included here are all previously published. The original publisher and date of publication is included below the poems.

Below is a list of literary magazines and anthologies that feature her work.

Literary magazines:
Kitaab, Cyclamens & Swords, Channels, Linnet’s Wings, Spark, Berfrois, Counterpunch, Earthen Lamp Journal, Asian Cha, Dove Tales, Buddhist Poetry Review, About Place Journal, Skylight 47, The Smoking Poet, New Verse News, The Occupy Poetry Project.

Ballads, Short & Sweet, Poems for Freedom, Voices Israel Poetry Anthology 2012, Song of Sahel, Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, World Healing World Peace 2012 and Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence.

She blogs at http: //

Shirani Rajapakse's Works:

Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011) . Updates

The Violinist

Lifting, moving,
bowing. Blue stripes
on loose white cover
skin and bone too
young to look like
that. Old and gnarled
like the trees in
the garden somewhere
nice. She steadies

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