About

I’m a writer from Colombo, Sri Lanka, with over fifty short stories published so far, as well as essays and occasional poetry. I’ve been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and as part of the then editorial team at Strange Horizons, won the inaugural Ignyte Community Award for Outstanding Efforts in Service of Inclusion and Equitable Practice in Genre.

My debut novel The Saint of Bright Doors will be published in July 2023 by Tordotcom Publishing, as the first standalone in a three-book deal. You can now read an excerpt and preorder it! More book updates will appear here.

The moment Fetter is born, Mother-of-Glory pins his shadow to the earth with a large brass nail and tears it from him. This is his first memory, the seed of many hours of therapy to come.

— from The Saint of Bright Doors (2023)

A few short fiction highlights: PeristalsisThe Translator, at Low Tide (Sturgeon finalist) ❧ On the Origin of SpecieDocumentaryApplied Cenotaphics of the Long, Long Longitudes. You can see the whole list at Publications.

Other projects: fiction editor at Strange Horizons (2016–2022); co-judged the Dream Foundry Writing Contest for beginning writers (2021); co-admin of the Free Ahnam Jazeem translation project (2020–).

Social media: I’m moderately active on Twitter and Instagram, and track my reading at Goodreads. I have a Patreon if you want to support me! Sometimes I post behind-the-scenes updates exclusively there, as well as the occasional patrons-only essay. At the moment I’m also experimentally trying out Mastodon at @vajra@wandering.shop and Cohost at @vajra. You can subscribe below or just check back here for updates on where I might end up next in the apparently quite volatile social media landscape.

Other than that, all updates, essays, reviews, &c. all go on my blog, to which you can also subscribe in newsletter form here:

Current header image: a 1518 engraving, Allegory of Death and Fame, by Agostino Veneziano.