Sriranjani Vijenthira is a Sri Lankan native who immigrated to Toronto in 1992. She works as a freelance Tamil-language interpreter, and as a Tamil teacher for the Toronto District School Board. She formerly worked as a biology teacher in Sri Lanka after attaining her Bachelor of Sciences in at the University of Peradeniya. She also enjoys writing fiction and has published 12 books. She is the mother of three girls.
SJ Sindu is the author of the novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies, which won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and was an ALA Stonewall Honor Book; as well as the hybrid chapbooks I Once Met You But You Were Dead and Dominant Genes. Sindu holds an MA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Florida State University. Sindu is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Cheyanne Ratnam is passionate about equity, developing inclusive and accessible spaces and processes, and social innovation. As a social entrepreneur she has dedicated much of her time and expertise in child welfare, homelessness and interconnected systems through founding and leading various projects and immersing herself in community mobilization and amplification – from micro – systemic levels. She is the Co-founder and CEO of the Ontario Children’s Advancement Coalition and occupies many roles through her community involvement such as committees, boards and advisory roles. Cheyanne is also an independent consultant and engagement specialist, public speaker and mentor.