Shirani Rajapakse

About the Author
Shirani Rajapakse is an internationally published, award winning poet and short story writer. 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, was chosen as 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. "I Exist. Therefore I Am" (2018) (short stories) is about women in modern India. Rajapakse's work appears in many literary journals and anthologies worldwide. Rajapakse read for a BA in English Literature from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and has a MA in International Relations from JNU, India.

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Somewhere in the Middle East After One War Ended (4/11/19)
This poem is previously published in my poetry collection "Chant of a Million Women" (2017).