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Call Out for Sri Lankan Poetry

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Poets Vidyan Ravinthiran (based in the US), Shash Trevett (UK) and Seni Seneviratne (UK) are editing an anthology of post-Independence Tamil, Sinhala and English poetry out of Sri Lanka (and related diasporic communities).

They aim to put the word out about these poetries in the UK, the US, and globally: the target audience will include poets, scholars of poetics and post-colonial literature, and the general reader. The book will be published by Bloodaxe, one of the leading publishers of poetry in the UK.

In order to grasp the range and complexity of the poetries produced both in and out of Sri Lanka, they are seeking both poems originally written in English, and translations of works composed in Tamil and Sinhala.

The anthology will feature roughly three poems per poet, and a short introduction to each.

Please contact the editors at [email protected] if you feel your work should be considered, or if there are other poets/translators you’d like to recommend for inclusion.

There is no deadline for submissions at the moment. Please submit a selection of your poetry, up to 8 in total. Poems of any length and theme (including non-Sri Lanka related poems), and previously published work, welcome.


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