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Janiru Liyanage


Janiru Liyanage is a 16-year-old school student and poet. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net with recent work appearing or featured in/on The Harvard AdvocateMuzzle MagazineDIAGRAMFrontier PoetryThe Poetry Society[PANK]Wildness JournalCordite Poetry ReviewThe Cardiff ReviewNarrative Northeast, and elsewhere.

He was longlisted for The 2020 Frontier Industry Prize, is a two-year winner of the national Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, a recipient of an Ekphrastic Award from the Ekphrastic Review and Sydney finalist of the Australian Poetry Slam. He serves as a reader for Palette Poetry and co-founded/co-edits Hyades. He has appeared on The Project and featured in Namoi Valley IndependentThe Minister’s Media Centre, Audition Material Young People among other places. He’s recently been commissioned to write for The Emerging Writers’ Festival. Born as the son of Sinhalese immigrants, he currently lives in Sydney.


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