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