November 5-7 – Symposium at Virginia Tech on Writing & Reconciliation

“Writing and Reconciliation: Identity, Displacement, and Narrative in Sri Lanka” I have been invited to attend a symposium at Virginia Tech which will bring together Sri Lankan and Virginia Tech writers, scholars, and students. Discussion will focus on how individuals and communities come to understand the trauma and identity conflicts that arise when people are displaced from their homes due to natural disaster, war, or other historical impacts.  I will be presenting at a panel on Media, Art and Politics and taking part in a Poetry Exchange with Jean Arasanayagam, Minoli Salgado, Malinda Seneviratne and Virginia Tech’s Fred D’Aguiar, Jeff Mann and Erika Meitner.