In April, Shalini Rana, sibling of Shiv Rana CLN6, won third place in the Steger Poetry Prize. The Steger Poetry Prize is a prestigious award presented by celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni at Virginia Tech University. This year there were over 100 entries which were narrowed down to 12 finalists. Shalini answered a few questions for us about her brother and her prize-winning poem, Scenes//Funeral Day. Could you tell us a little about you and your brother Shiv? What are some of your favorite memories or special activities you would do with him? My name is Shalini Rana. I’m from Vienna, Virginia and am a recent graduate from Virginia Tech, where I studied Creative Writing and Professional & Technical Writing. My current work as a poet is informed by experience—namely my experiences involving my family and my brother, Shiv, who suffered from Batten Disease and died before his tenth birthday. I was fourteen at the time.