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Shirani Rajapakse is an internationally published award winning poet and short story writer from Sri Lanka.
Short Bio – (60 words)
Shirani Rajapakse is an internationally published, award winning writer. She is the author of Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011) (shortlisted, Gratiaen Award), Chant of a Million Women (2017) (winner, 2018 Kindle Book Awards, “Official Selection” 2018 New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing and Honorable Mention 2018 Readers’ Favorite Awards) and I Exist. Therefore I Am (2018).
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Shirani Rajapakse is an internationally published, award winning writer. She won the Cha “Betrayal” Poetry Contest 2013 and was a finalist in the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013. Her short stories Breaking News (2011, 2018) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award. Her critically acclaimed poetry collection Chant of a Million Women (2017) won the 2018 Kindle Book Awards, was an “Official Selection” in the 2018 New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing and received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Awards. Her second collection of stories, I Exist. Therefore I Am (2018) is set in India.
Long bio (484 words)
Shirani Rajapakse is an internationally published, award winning poet and author. She won the Cha “Betrayal” Poetry Contest 2013 and was a finalist in the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013. Her collection of short stories Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award. Her critically acclaimed poetry collection Chant of a Million Women (2017) won the 2018 Kindle Book Awards. It was an “Official Selection” in the 2018 New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing and received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Awards. Her second collection of short stories, I Exist. Therefore I Am (2018) is about women in modern India.
Rajapakse’s work appears in publications around the world including, Flash:The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Litro, Cultural Weekly, Silver Birch, International Times, City Journal, Writers for Calais Refugees, The Write-In, Asian Signature, Moving Worlds, Citiesplus, Deep Water Literary Journal, Mascara Literary Review, Kitaab, Lakeview Journal, Cyclamens & Swords, New Ceylon Writing, 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 and in anthologies, Flash Fiction International (Norton 2015), Ballads (Dagda 2014), Short & Sweet (Perera Hussein 2014), Poems for Freedom (River Books 2013), Voices Israel Poetry Anthology 2012, Song of Sahel (Plum Tree 2012), Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, World Healing World Peace (Inner City Press 2012 & 2014) and Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence (Plum Tree 2012).
She has a BA in English Literature (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka) and a MA in International Relations (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India).
Rajapakse has worked in journalism, research and international development before turning towards creative writing.
Rajapakse is interested in and still collects stamps, coins and books, a hobby she started when she was small. She was trained in classical music but no longer plays either the piano or cello, but keeps hoping she will find the time to get back to it. She likes sewing, gardening and photography and occasionally dabbles in watercolors and acrylic when she doesn’t write or doesn’t have a book to read.
She is a vegetarian, an animal lover and loves to travel, although she hasn’t been doing much of that lately. She likes visiting interesting places and usually returns with totally unnecessary things, souvenirs from travels to unusual places.
She lives in the suburbs of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo and has been writing for the past fifteen years. She hopes to publish a book every year, alternating between fiction and poetry.
If you want to know when Rajapakse’s next book will come out, please visit her website at https://shiranirajapakse,wordpress.com, where you can sign up to receive an email when she has her next release. You can also like her on facebook.com/shiranirajapakseauthor/ and follow her on twitter, and see what she posts on instagram and pinterest.
Seven Facts You Didn’t Know About Me
- My parents were avid readers and my mother started buying books for me even before I was born.
- As a teenager I loved reading mystery & thrillers, but now don’t much care for the genre, though I still do read some.
- I never read non white/non British writers until I went to University and was “forced” to read widely.
- I studied Sinhala Literature for my Advanced Level in school.
- I hated poetry when I was small, but I fell for it when I was introduced to the poems of Keats, Frost and Emily Dickinson at the ripe old age of 23. They are, to this day my favorite poets.
- I was fluent in French, and learnt German, Japanese and a little Hindi during and immediately after school but have since forgotten how to speak and write.
- There are five places on my travel bucket list. Three of them are the backdrop for my favorite stories – Russia (Anna Karenina), Greece (all the interesting plays) and Turkey (The Illiad), China and Mongolia.
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