LIYANAGE AMARAKEERTHI is a doctoral student in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an award-winning writer of fiction in the Sinhala language. His fourth collection of stories, Mama Den Nidami (Now, I Sleep), was named best collection of short stories at the National Literary Festival in Sri Lanka in 2000. His doctoral research focuses on the poetics of Sinhala prose but he also has a continuing interest in Urdu literature in translation.

May 2003 (Madison, WI)