Ariyawansa Ranaweera is a prolific poet who has published many collections. He has also translated into Sinhala the works of many foreign authors. He is highly acclaimed for his deft and simple use of language and exceptional ability to obtain from landscapes that are considered 'ordinary' and unlikely to yield or inspire poetry, thoughts and lines that are truly startling in terms of revealing facets of the eternal verities.
Malinda Seneviratne is a sociologist by training who was educated in Sri Lanka and the USA (Harvard University, University of Southern California, and Cornell University) and wandered into journalism by accident. As a freelance journalist he has written articles covering a wide range of subjects including international political economy, development, constitutional affairs, conflict resolution, political ecology, good governance, democracy, literature, and philosophy. His interest in literature, both English and Sinhala, and his command of both languages positions him uniquely in the Sri Lankan literary firmament. Four of his past works of poetry have been shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize. He has also translated the biography of Martin Wickramasinghe, one of the foremost Sinhala literary figures of the twentieth century. His translation of Navagaththegama's “Sansaraaranyaye Dadayakkaraya” won him the H.A.I Gunatilleka Award offered by the Gratiaen Trust (2011). He is regularly featured on both radio and television talk shows on political affairs. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Nation (Sri Lanka).