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. "Chant of a Mil.... more
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. "Chant of a Million Women" (August 2017) her critically acclaimed debut poetry collection includes several previously published poems as well as two award winning poems. "I Exist. Therefore I Am" is her second collection of short stories (October 2018).
"Chant of a Million Women" is a Finalist in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards, Poetry category. It received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Readers' Favorite Awards and was chosen as an "Official Selection" in the 2018 New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.
Rajapakse's work appears in publications around the world including, Flash:The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Litro, 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 the following anthologies, Fireflies & Fairy Dust: A Fantasy Anthology (Eu-2 2018), 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).
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Shirani Rajapakse's Projects
Chant of a Million Women
I Exist. Therefore I Am
A newly married woman burns to death. A mother is forced to kill her infant daughter. A young woman ... more