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Proof Positive, Lalini Shanela Ranaraja Apr 2019

Proof Positive, Lalini Shanela Ranaraja

Vázquez-Valarezo Poetry Award

This poem is an exploration of the aftermath of sexual assault and the myriad factors which determine how women, especially women of colour and Asian women, cope with that aftermath. I am particularly concerned with how the testimony and literature of Asian women can prompt other Asian women to unravel their own stories by reflecting these stories back to them and giving them a medium through which to have this confrontation. With this piece I attempt to communicate that the act of confronting and sharing trauma is a continuous and absolutely vital process for survivors of sexual assault.


Saying The Words, Lalini Shanela Ranaraja May 2018

Saying The Words, Lalini Shanela Ranaraja

Vázquez-Valarezo Poetry Award

This poem takes a viscerally personal approach to the "Time's Up" movement's philosophy of making revelations and facing difficult realities.


Freedom, Lalini Shanela Ranaraja May 2018

Freedom, Lalini Shanela Ranaraja

Vázquez-Valarezo Poetry Award

This poem explores the darker side of Facebook's role in sparking online activism and social movements.