I am a poet, singer, and lawyer whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Sri Lanka. My advocacy has addressed animal welfare, the environment, and the rights of prisoners and the criminally accused. I was a Lannan Fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library and have been a featured poet at Lincoln Center Out of Doors (NYC), the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Campus Progress’s Protest Through Poetry, and Sulu DC. My poetry has appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Bourgeon, and Lantern Review. In 2010, I was a member of the DC Southern Fried Slam team and released my first chapbook, Still Beating. I host a poetry open mic every month at Busboys and Poets (14th+V St. NW) and every week at BloomBars, where I serve as poetry coordinator. I am also a poetry editor with Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal.
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not here long…
“Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more.
Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop.
Die knowing something. You are not here long.”