Sri Lankan Tamil Blood, Manchester Born, Texas bred and Brooklyn steeped, YaliniDream is a performer, activist & facilitator who conjures spirit through her unique blend of poetry, theater, song, and dance. One of the South Asian American community’s most prominent performance poets, YaliniDream has toured nationally throughout the US as well as Europe & Asia. Her work has been performed at theater venues such as NYC’s Lincoln Center and New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop), Manchester’s Contact Theater, Houston’s Diverse Works, Chicago’s Vittum Theater; poetry venues such as NYC’s Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Minneapolis’s The Loft, London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and universities such as Yale (USA), University of Manchester (UK), Loyola College (India), and University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka). YaliniDream has facilitated workshops for war affected communities in Sri Lankan Refugee camps in Tamil Nadu as well as war affected communities in Mannar, Vavuniya & Batticaloa , Sri Lanka. In addition she has worked with survivors of violence from multiple communities including Cambodian American & communities of African descent in the US. She was director and facilitator of Andolan’s Sukh aur Dukh ki Kahani–a storytelling project with domestic workers in Queens, NY. YaliniDream was a 2006 Mid-Atlantic Artists in Community Fellow at the Asian Arts Initiative, a panelist for the Leeway Foundation’s 2007 Transformation Awards, a 2008 Urban Arts Initiative Fellow, a recipient of the Jerome Foundation’s Travel & Study Award in Literature, and will be an Artist in Residence at University of Michigan’s Center for World Performance Studies in Fall 2012. YaliniDream is also a trained aerial dancer in corde lisse who loves to fly– challenging notions of the seemingly impossible.