"Again the ArtWallah organizers plunge the [festival] crowd in a different direction with San Francisco
poet Pireeni Sundaralingam and composer Colm ” Riain's dark foray into the psyche of hate crimes
with a word/violin collaboration called "Burning Times". Pireeni's lilting accent coupled with ” Riain's
powerful violin had participants literally holding their breaths."
~ Asian Week
"Pireeni works on a poem till thereís a crossing of borders,
physically and psychologically. The speakers are troubled, a long ways from
cultural homes and loved ones, but they always have an unflinching ability to
forgive and celebrate human possibility. They move on and endure, but they
never forget personal histories. Pireeniís best poems possess a strength of
character. Thereís great promise in this young poet."
~ Yusef Komunyakaa
Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets
writing in Ploughshares
"Sundaralingam often performs her poetry to the accompaniment of
Colm O'Riain's haunting violin. It has been a memorable
year for the young Oxford-educated Tamil poet:
in February, she was flown to London to feature
alongside Salman Rushdie, Bapsi Sidwa, Kaiser
Hoque and a host of other literary luminaries in
the English National Theatre's celebration of
South Asian writers."
~ India West