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Shirani Rajapakse Shirani Rajapakse is a Sri Lankan poet and author. She won the Cha “Betrayal” Poetry Contest 2013. Her collection of short stories, Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award. Shirani’s work appears in The Linnet’s Wings, Spark, Berfrois, Poets Basement, Asian Cha, Earthen Lamp Journal, Dove Tales, Buddhist Poetry Review, About Place Journal, Skylight 47, The Smoking Poet, New Verse News, The Occupy Poetry Project and anthologies Poems for Freedom, Voices Israel Poetry Anthology 2012, Song of Sahel, Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, World Healing World Peace and Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence. She blogs rather infrequently at http://shiranirajapakse. wordpress.com. Shyam Sunder A poet at heart, Shyam took premature retirement after an illustrious career as an Infantry officer in the Indian Army. Widely traveled, Shyam is a recipient of Shaurya Chakra, awarded by the President of India for conspicuous gallantry. He holds a Master’s degree in English Literature, a MBA diploma in HRM and an Honours degree in English Literature. He has been writing poetry since childhood and prefers the blank verse with occasional experiments in Haiku. He has extensive audience on Scribd with over 1,90,000 reads and also on Facebook as Driftwood Ashore where he runs a Poetry & Arts Group - Poets, Artists, Unplugged and his own page as Shyam_adrift. Some of his poems have been published in various anthologies and magazines worldwide. He recently performed as a Guest Poet at Fermoy International Poetry Festival at Ireland in August 2013. He is also the Project coordinator for Delhi Poetry Festival Season- II to be held at New Delhi in January 2014. He is a single parent and resides in Delhi with his daughters and dog. His passions are poetry and literature. An avid birdwatcher, nature lover and dreamer, he intends to release his own poetry books in the near future. Sonam Chokki Born and raised in the kingdom of Bhutan I find the Japanese short form poetry resonates with my Tibetan Buddhist upbringing. I’m inspired by my father, Sonam Gyamtsho, the architect of Bhutan’s non-monastic modern education. My poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, UK and US. Steve Babbitt Steve Babbitt was born in Oakland, California in 1954 and moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1992. He has been making photographs for the past 40 years. He received his BFA and MFA in photography from The San Francisco Art Institute. His photographs can be found in the collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; the Getty Museum Library, Malibu, California; the Dahl Fine Art Center, Rapid City, SD; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; the San Francisco Art Institute; the South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD and the permanent collection of the State of South Dakota. Steve has been teaching photography for 22 years and is currently a professor of photography at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. Steve lives 170

LIJLA Vol.2, No.1 February 2014

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LIJLA Vol. 2 No. 1 Feb. 2014  

Short Fiction/Poetry/Visual Arts/Tanka by James Wall, Shanta Acharya, Billy O'Callaghan, Henry Stindt, George Szirtes, Kala Ramesh, Catheri...

LIJLA Vol. 2 No. 1 Feb. 2014  

Short Fiction/Poetry/Visual Arts/Tanka by James Wall, Shanta Acharya, Billy O'Callaghan, Henry Stindt, George Szirtes, Kala Ramesh, Catheri...

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