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Seni Seneviratne will be in residence at Cal State LA during the first week in November 2008. Seneviratne's visit is made possible by the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, the Department of English, the College of Arts and Letters, the British Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

During her visit to Cal State LA, Seneviratne will be sitting in on classes in creative writing, and English.A highlight of her visit will be a public reading scheduled for 6:00pm on Thursday, November 6th, in Los Angeles Room C of the University Student Union. This event will be free of charge and open to the public.

Seni Seneviratne is a writer, singer, photographer and performer. She was born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1951 to an English mother and Sri Lankan father. She has been writing poetry since her early teens and was first published in 1989.

Her poetry and prose is published in the UK, Denmark, Canada and South Africa. Publications include: - Flora Poetica (Chatto & Windus); The Redbeck Anthology of British South Asian Poetry (Redbeck); Healing Strategies for Women at War (Crocus); Language of Water, Language of Fire, (Oscars); Talking Black, (Cassell); Bad Reputation, (Yorkshire Arts Circus); Miscegenation Blues ( Sister Vision Press) and children’s anthologies - Masala: Poems from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan & Sri Lanka (Macmillan); Free My Mind, (Hamish Hamilton).

Image of Seni Seneviratne

photo credit: diva creative

Seni Seneviratne's visit to CSULA is made possible through the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, the Department of English, the College of Arts and Letters, the British Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Seni Seneviratne at CSULA

Schedule
Thursday, November 6, 6:00pm
Location Los Angeles Room C, University Student Union (map)
Poetry reading open to the public, free of charge. 

Image of Seni Seneviratne

photo credit: diva creative

She won second prize in the Margot Jane Memorial Poetry Prize, Onlywomen Press. She has given readings and performances in Vancouver, Cape Town, and around England. Her poetry was broadcast on radio and recorded on audiotape, 'Climbing Mountains' and CD, 'Seven Sisters'. 

Her photography appeared in Feminist Arts News, Autograph Open Photography Show, Signals Changing exhibition and in a solo exhibition Moving Words.

Her collaborations include: a mixed media installation - ‘Memoried Mosaics’ which was exhibited in Sheffield’s Open Up event in 2004 and at Outwood Grange College, Wakefield; an art song for piano and voice - 

‘Dandelion Clocks’ commissioned for Leeds Leider Festival and performed in October 2005; ‘A Wider View’ -- verse accompanied by saxophone quartet, commissioned for Leeds launch of architecture week June 2006.

Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin is her first collection of poems. She is currently working on her second collection of poems.

Further information on Seni Seneviratne is available at her website (http://www.peepaltreepress.com/author_display.asp?au_id=164).

For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.

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