PACKIYANATHAN AHILAN is a senior lecturer in Art History at the University of Jaffna. He has published three poetry collections: Pathunkukuzhi Naatkal (2001), Saramakavigal (2011) and Ammai (2017). An English translation of his poem Then There no Witnesses was published by Mawenzi House in 2018. He writes critical essays on poetry, theatre & visual arts. He is also the author of an essay collection Kalathin Vilimpu: Yalpaanathin Marapurimaiyum Avatrai Paathukaathalum and the co-editor of Reading Sri Lankan Society and Culture– Vol. II and III (2007, 2008, Tamil) and Venkat Swaminathan: Vaathangalum Vivaathangalum. Reviews of his poetry have appeared in various online magazines and newspapers.