Sri Lanka

Michael MENDIS

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MENDIS
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Michael
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English
Sri Lanka

Michael MENDIS (fiction writer; Sri Lanka) has published a number of stories, including “The Sarong-Man in the Old House and an Incubus for a Rainy Night,“ which won the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Asia region. His work has been anthologized internationally; his first collection of stories is forthcoming in 2015. He works as a researcher for the Sri Lanka-based Centre for Policy Alternatives. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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Alankarage V. SURAWEERA

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SURAWEERA
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Alankarage Victor
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Sinhalese
Sri Lanka

KAILASAPATHY

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Kailasapathy
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Kanagasabapathy
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Hindi
Sri Lanka

Jagath KUMARASINGHE

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KUMARASINGHE
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Jagath
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Tamil
Sri Lanka

Jagath KUMARASINGHE has worked as a journalist, translator, and advertising copywriter, mainly in the Sinhala language. After his retirement from copywriting, he joined the Beach Waadiya Writers Group of Colombo 6 and began writing short stories in English. In 2004 his collection, Kider Chetty Street, was awarded the prestigious Gratiaen Prize. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

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Ameena HUSSEIN

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HUSSEIN
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Ameena
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Tamil
Sri Lanka

Ameena HUSSEIN, a consultant for several international human rights NGO’s, has published two short-story collections, Zillij and Fifteen. In 2003 she co-founded the Perera-Hussein Publishing House to present emerging and established Sri Lankan writers. She edits Nethra, a journal published by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, which addresses issues of violence, governance, and development. Ms. Hussein, now at work on a novel, participates courtesy of the US Department of State.

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Madhubhashini Manjarika Kumari DISANAYAKA

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DISANAYAKA
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Madhubhashini Manjarika Kumari
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English
Sri Lanka

Madhubhashini Manjarika Kumari DISANAYAKA is lecturer in English at the University of Colombo and a freelance journalist for the Sunday Times. She has also served as a script writer for the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, is a violinist with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, and has performed the sitar on Sri Lanka's national television. Her short story collection Driftwood was named the best collection of short stories (in manuscript) by the National Arts Council of Sri Lanka in 1990.

Jean Arasanayagam

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Arasanayagam
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Jean
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English
Sri Lanka
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