Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer, artist, and an Emmy-nominated and multiple Webby-winning producer with more than twenty-five years of experience in the arts & social justice.
The publication date of my book Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence (Harper) is scheduled for March 2021. Please pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/Assume-Nothing-Story-Intimate-Violence/dp/0063059908/. Also, please sign up for my mailing list at the end of this page and follow @TanyaAuthor on Twitter and Instagram for updates. In the meantime, please see advance praise in this piece by Virginia Heffernan in the Los Angeles Times.
I helped produce Night of Solidarity - stories, songs, and conversations to stand with survivors of domestic violence, deepening understanding of this issue and offering solutions. Hosted by Tamron Hall and featuring Melissa Benoist, Shan Boodram, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Gloria Gaynor, Carrie Goldberg, Angelique Kidjo, Padma Lakshmi, J.R. Martinez, MILCK, Chanel Miller, Tony Porter, Rachel Louise Snyder, Zozibini Tunzi, Gabrielle Union, and more, the event premiered on May 13, 2020 on Refinery29's YouTube channel: bit.ly/nightofsolidarity
I wrote a piece for the New York Times about “Where Can Domestic Violence Victims Turn During Covid-19?.” Please read and share: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/opinion/covid-domestic-violence.html
In connection with the piece, I had the following conversations:
With Miss Universe Zozi Tunzi on Instagram Live
And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=667036417381211
With Alison Stewart for ALL OF IT/WNYC
With Selina MacKenzie for Talk Radio Europe
With Dr. Lisa Coleman, as part of NYU Womxn100
With Jenna Flanagan for METROFOCUS on WNET:
I was also featured in a segment on Good Morning America about small businesses whose work has been affected during the pandemic: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/video/im-small-business-owner-make-70132207
In honor of Women's History Month, MZ Wallace and Lingua Franca launched a collaboration Metro Tote, with proceeds benefiting the organization She Should Run. I am one of the spokespeople: https://linguafranca.nyc/collections/lf-x-mzw/products/tanya-selvaratnam-1
I completed production on a documentary by Catherine Gund about her mother, the renowned art collector and philanthropist Agnes Gund. Aggie sold a $165 million Lichtenstein painting to start the Art for Justice Fund to fight mass incarceration. AGGIE the movie had its world premiere at Sundance 2020: https://www.sundance.org/projects/aggie. Then, it played at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA, and at MoMA as part of Doc Fortnight, and has been making the virtual festival rounds. The film will open at Film Forum in New York in the fall of 2020.