Moderators 2020

Alvin Pang

 

Alvin Pang is a poet and editor based in Singapore. Featured in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English and The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, he has been published internationally in more than 20 languages. He has curated numerous volumes of Singaporean writing, including: No Other City: The Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry, Tumasik: Contemporary Writing from Singapore, and Over There: Poems from Singapore and Australia. His latest titles include WHAT HAPPENED: Poems 1997-2017 and UNINTERRUPTED TIME. He completed a PhD in creative writing practice with RMIT University in 2020.

Amanda Chong

 

Amanda Chong is a lawyer trained in Cambridge and Harvard who writes poems during lunch breaks. Her first collection, Professions, was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018. Her poetry has been engraved on the Marina Bay Helix Bridge and included in the Cambridge International GCSE syllabus. She also co-founded ReadAble (www.readablesg.com), a non-profit which aims to improve social mobility by empowering children and migrant women in low-income communities with literacy.

Ann Ang

 

Ann is a published writer of poetry and fiction, and her work has appeared in QLRS, Softblow, The California Quarterly and The Jakarta Post. She is also the author of Bang My Car (Math Paper Press, 2012), a Singlish-English collection of short stories. Ann is also a PhD candidate in English at Oxford and researches the postcolonial and transnational Anglophone novel in South and Southeast Asia.

Angus Whitehead

 

Angus Whitehead is a lecturer at the National Institute of Education. He has published a number of papers, reviews and interviews related to literature in Singapore, edited a collection of stories and essays by trade unionist and journalist Gregory Nalpon (1938-1978), and is currently editing a collection of short fiction by acclaimed poet Arthur Yap. A William Blake specialist, he is co-editor of a collection of essays, Re-envisioning Blake (2012). Angus remains committed to recovering and exploring other roads less travelled in Singaporean literary history, notably migrant worker writing.

Anya Goncharova

 

Anya Goncharova is an agent simultaneously working for Peony Literary Agency and Tender Leaves Translations. Born and raised in Beijing and now based in Shanghai, she works with international and local authors to connect them with publishers and readers all over the world. Prior to her agenting role, she was the editor heading the English-language list at Penguin Random House North Asia where she published a variety of fiction and non-fiction from the region. Anya works in English, Russian and Chinese.

Aravin Sandran

 

Aravin Sandran is a writer, curator and arts producer based in Singapore. Since graduating with a BA (Hons) in Criticism, Communication and Curation from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, he has worked in various capacities for renowned arts and media organisations. This includes stints in Dubai, London, and Singapore with i-D Asia, Buro Singapore, Condé Nast Traveller Middle East, Dover Street Market, and Hauser & Wirth. He currently heads Neighborhood, a curatorial consultancy that specialises in producing cultural programming and copywriting for the arts industry.

Ayilisha Manthira ஆயிலிஷா மந்திரா

 

ஆயிலிஷா மந்திரா, 25, சும்கி என்ற புனைப்பெயரில் கவிதைகள் எழுதி வருகிறார். தேசிய கலை மன்றத்தின் 2019 தங்க முனை விருதில் இரண்டாவது பரிசு, சிங்கப்பூர்க் கவிதைத் திருவிழா ஏற்பாடு செய்த 2020 தேசிய கவிதைப் போட்டியில் தகுதிப் பரிசு உள்ளிட்ட பரிசுகளை அவர் பெற்றுள்ளார். ஆயிலிஷா தேசிய நூலக வாரியம் தமிழ் இளையர்களுக்காக அமைத்துள்ள இளம் எழுத்தாளர் வட்டத்தின் செயற்குழு உறுப்பினர் ஆவார்.

 

Ayilisha Manthira, 25, who writes under the pen name Chumki, has won prizes for her Tamil poetry, including the National Arts Council Golden Point Award’s second prize in 2019, and a Merit Award at the National Poetry Competition Singapore 2020 organised by Poetry Festival Singapore. She is also an executive committee member of the National Library Board's Young Writers’ Circle for Tamil youths.

Balli Kaur Jaswal

 

Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of four novels including Singapore Literature Prize finalist Sugarbread and the international bestseller Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. Her debut novel Inheritance won the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelist award. Jaswal's non-fiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan.com, Harper's Bazaar India and Salon.com among other publications. Her latest novel The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters was released to critical and commercial acclaim in 2019.

Carolyn Oei

 

Carolyn Oei teaches law, policy, and entrepreneurship at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and is currently pursuing her Masters in education. In 2015, she co-founded the online culture magazine Mackerel with Marc Nair where she writes and produces podcasts, op-eds, and book reviews. Her most recent non-fiction work includes three e-books on place and history for the SG Bicentennial.

Cassandra Chiu

 

Cassandra Chiu is a blind psychotherapist who manages The Safe Harbour Counselling Centre. Chiu is also a social advocate for equal opportunities and has been interviewed extensively by the media on inclusivity towards the disabled. Her book, A Place For Us, is an autobiography detailing her perspective as a person living with disability, and was shortlisted for the Singapore Book Awards 2020. More info at www.cassandrachiu.com

Charlene Shepherdson

 

Charlene Shepherdson is a Singaporean writer and community organiser focused on language in written, performative and visual forms. She is interested in heritage, technology and creative education. Her poems have been published in From Walden to Woodlands and UnFree Verse (Ethos Books), A Luxury We Cannot Afford, SingPoWriMo 2014: The Anthology (Math Paper Press) and The Straits Times. Her visual poetry has been displayed in The Arts House, The Substation and in Singapore libraries under National Art Council’s Project LAVA.

Cheryl Julia Lee

 

Cheryl Julia Lee is an Assistant Professor with the English department at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her poetry collection, We Were Always Eating Expired Things, was published in 2014 and was nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2016. Her creative works can be found in QLRS, Icarus, and Prick of the Spindle, among others. She is currently the critical editor of prose.sg.

Crystal Abidin

 

Dr Crystal Abidin (PhD) is an anthropologist of internet cultures, focusing on influencers, online visibility, and social media pop culture. She is a Senior Research Fellow & ARC DECRA Fellow in Internet Studies at Curtin University. Her books include Internet Celebrity (2018, Emerald), Microcelebrity Around the Globe (2018, Emerald), Instagram (2020, Polity), Mediated Interfaces (2020, Bloomsbury), and tumblr (2021, Polity). Crystal is an ABC TOP 5 Humanities Fellow (2020) and was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia (2018) and Pacific Standard 30 Top Thinkers Under 30 (2016). Reach her at wishcrys.com.

Cyril Wong

 

Cyril Wong is a poet and fictionist in Singapore.

Daryl Qilin Yam

 

Daryl Qilin Yam (b.1991) is a writer of prose and poetry, born and based in Singapore. He is also an arts organiser / producer, and sits on the Board of Directors at the literary charity Sing Lit Station. His first novel, Kappa Quartet (2016), was longlisted for the inaugural Epigram Books Fiction Prize and has been released in Singapore and in the UK. He is also a graduate student at Nanyang Technological University pursuing an MA in English with a specialisation in Creative Writing.

Diana Rahim

 

Diana is currently an editor for Beyond The Hijab, a site sharing stories of Singaporean-Muslim women. Her creative work of poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in anthologies such as The First Five (2017), Growing Up Perempuan (2018), Budi Kritik (2018) and In this Desert, There Were Seeds (2019), amongst others. Her topical interests include feminism, race, Islam, class, and the ways these issues may intersect. She has three cats.

Faizah Zakaria

 

Faizah Zakaria merupakan sejarawan Asia Tenggara, dengan pengutamaan dalam agama dan ekologi. Dia telah meraihkan PhD dalam Sejarah di Universiti Yale pada tahun 2018 dan memenggangi BSc (Hons) jurusan berganda dalam Matematik dan Bahasa Inggeris, serta MA dalam Pengajian Asia Tenggara dari NUS. Kini, dia seorang Assistant Profesor Sejarah di Sekolah Humanities di NTU. Selain daripada menulis mengenai sejarah, dia juga menulis cereka kreatif dan cerita benar dalam bahasa Inggeris dan bahasa Melayu. Pada tahun 2017, dia menerimai sebutan terhormat di Golden Point Award untuk cereka dalam Bahasa Melayu.

 

Faizah Zakaria is a historian of Southeast Asia, focusing on religion and ecology. She completed her PhD in History at Yale University in 2018 and holds a BSc (Hons), double majoring in Mathematics and English, along with an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from NUS. At present, she is Assistant Professor of History at NTU School of Humanities. Besides writing about history, she writes creative fiction and non-fiction in English and Malay. In 2017, she received an honourable mention at the Golden Point Award for her Malay language fiction.

Felicia Low-Jiminez

 

Felicia has worked in bookselling and publishing for over a decade. She is one half of AJ Low, the writing team behind the best-selling Sherlock Sam series and Publisher at Difference Engine, an independent comics publisher. She believes that stories have the power to change the world.

Jennani Durai

 

Jennani Durai is the author of the short story collection Regrettable Things That Happened Yesterday (Epigram, 2017), which was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize for Fiction in 2018. A former journalist, she also co-authored the official commemorative book of Singapore's 50th birthday, Living The Singapore Story (Straits Times Press, 2015). She has received fellowships and awards from VONA/Voices, Boston University, and the National Arts Council in Singapore. She is currently an MFA candidate and Writing Fellow at Boston University.

Joel Tan

 

Joel Tan is a playwright and performer based between London and Singapore.

Jollin Tan

 

Jollin writes about the body, memory, and art in poetry, prose, and non-fiction. She is interested in exploring how our language changes our understanding of subject matter close to our hearts even as it develops. She has published two poetry collections, Bursting Seams and Derivative Faith, and her work appears in various anthologies.

 

Latha லதா

 

லதா எனும் கனகலதா தமிழில் மூன்று கவிதைத் தொகுப்புகளை வெளியிட்டுள்ளார்:  தீவெளி, பாம்புக் காட்டில் ஒரு தாழை, , யாருக்கும் இல்லாத பாலை. அவரது நான் கொலை செய்யும் பெண்கள் சிறுகதைத் தொகுப்பு 2008இல் சிங்கப்பூர் இலக்கியப் பரிசை வென்றது. லதாவின் கதைகள் 2014இல் The Goddess in the Living Room எனும் நூலாக மொழிபெயர்க்கப்பட்டன. அவரது படைப்புகள் பன்மோழி தொகுப்புகளில் வெளிவந்துள்ளன. லதா கவிதைத் திருவிழா சிங்கப்பூர் அமைப்பைத் தோற்றுவித்த அதன் இயக்குனர்களில் ஒருவரும் ஆவார்.

 

Kanagalatha has published three collections of poetry in Tamil: Theeveli, Paampuk Kaattil Oru Thaazhai and Yaarukkum Illaatha Paalai. She has also published a short story collection Nan Kolai Seiyum Pengal (Women I Murder) in 2007, which won the biennial Singapore Literature Prize in 2008. The English translation of her short story collection The Goddess in the Living Room was published in 2014. Her poems and short stories have been published in multilingual anthologies. Kanagalatha is one of the founding directors for Poetry Festival Singapore.

Lawrence Lacambra Ypil

 

Lawrence Lacambra Ypil is the author of The Highest Hiding Place which won of the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award and, more recently, The Experiment of the Tropics which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and the co-winner of the inaugural Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. In his most recent book, he returns to early twentieth century Philippine photographs as sites of intersection of memory, empire, and longing. He received an MFA in Non-Fiction from the University of Iowa and in Poetry from Washington University in St Louis. He teaches creative writing at Yale-NUS College.

Lydia Yang

 

Lydia Yang is a Singaporean female adventurer who loves to travel the world and inspire others to do the same through her travel page LydiaScapes Travel. She spent six years doing marketing for top MNCs. In 2018, she became a full-time travel content creator, speaker, and digital marketing consultant. By managing her clients and projects remotely, she is able to find time to pursue her love for travel, writing and speaking. In her free time, she loves rock climbing and immersing herself in the outdoors. Find out more at https://www.lydiascapes.com/about-lydiascapes/.

Marc Nair

 

Marc Nair is a poet who works at the intersection of art forms. He is currently pursuing projects that involve photography, movement, and creative non-fiction. His work revolves around the ironies and idiosyncrasies of everyday life. He has published 10 collections of poetry.

Michelle Aung Thin

 

Michelle Aung Thin was born in Rangoon, Burma, grew up in Canada and currently teaches writing at RMIT University in Australia. Her first novel, The Monsoon Bride (Text 2011), is set in colonial Burma. She was the first Asialink resident to Myanmar (funded by Arts Victoria) and was a National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow (supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust). Her most recent novel is a fictional account of the Rohingya genocide and is published as Hasina (Allen & Unwin 2019) in Australia and the UK and Crossing the Farak River (Annick 2020) in Canada and the USA.

Mysara Aljaru

 

Mysara Aljaru is a lens-­based practicioner, writer, and researcher. A former journalist and producer, her writings have also been published on Beyond The Hijab, Budi Kritik, Growing Up Perempuan, and Karyawan. She was one of the showcased artists at the 2019 edition of Objectif’s annual Women in Film programme and a participant of The Substation’s Concerned Citizens Programme (2019).

Nabilah Said

 

Nabilah Said is a playwright, arts writer, and poet. Her plays have been presented in Singapore and London including ANGKAT (2019), a commission of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, which won Best Original Script at the 2020 Life Theatre Awards. Her play Inside Voices (2019) is also published by Nick Hern Books, UK. In 2016, she founded playwright collective Main Tulis Group. She is currently the editor of ArtsEquator where she writes reviews and commentaries about the arts in Singapore. Nabilah has an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London. Find out more at nabilahsaid.com

Nurul Arini Junaidi

 

Pendidik dan penggemar Kesusasteraan dan budaya Melayu.

 

Nurul Arini Junaidi is an educator and enthusiast of Malay Literature and culture.

Pichinikkadu Elango பிச்சினிக்காடு இளங்கோ

 

இந்தியாவில் பிறந்த பிச்சினிக்காடு இளங்கோ, வேளாண்மைத் துறையில் பட்டம் பெற்றவர். இவர் எழுதிய இருபதுக்கும் மேற்பட்ட நூல்களில் 15 நூல்கள் கவிதைத் தொகுப்புகளாகும். தமிழ்நாட்டிலும் சிங்கப்பூரிலும் ஊடகத் துறையில் வானொலித் தயாரிப்பாளர், செய்தியாளர், சஞ்சிகை ஆசிரியர் என பல பொறுப்புகளை அவர் வகித்துள்ளார். சிங்கப்பூரில் தமிழ்க்கவிதையை முன்னெடுத்து வரும் கவிமாலை அமைப்பைத் தோற்றுவித்தவர் அவர்.

 

Born in India in 1952, Pichinikkadu Elango is an author of more than 20 books including 15 collections of poetry. With an academic background in agriculture, he has held positions as a Farm Radio Reporter with All India Radio, Producer-Presenter at Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, and is currently an Editor for Tamil Monthly. Elango is also the founder of Kavimaalai, a Poets association for Tamils.

Reetaza Chatterjee

 

Reetz (she/her) is the founder of Your Head Lah!, a mental health collective that aims to centre and amplify marginalised voices in Singapore. A firm believer in the power of storytelling, she sees community building and collective healing as central to liberation work. She sees herself as a chapalang activist because isn’t all oppression connected?

Ruby Thiagarajan

 

Ruby is a writer, editor, and bookseller based in Singapore. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Mynah Magazine and the book curator for The Moon, a feminist bookstore in Chinatown.

Shelly Bryant

 

Shelly Bryant divides her year between Shanghai and Singapore, working as a writer and translator. She is the author of 11 volumes of poetry, a short story collection, a non-fiction book, and two travel guides. She has translated more than 40 books from Chinese to English. Shelly’s translation of Sheng Keyi’s Northern Girls was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2012, and her translation of You Jin’s In Time, Out of Place was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2016.

Stephanie Dogfoot

 

Stephanie Chan (also known as Dogfoot) is a poet and stand up comedian. She has won national poetry slam championships in Singapore and the UK, and represented these countries in international poetry slams. She currently runs a monthly poetry night called Spoke & Bird, and a comedy night and chat show called Siao Char Bors Comedy. She has toured North America, Australia and Germany with her work. Her first poetry collection Roadkill for Beginners was published in 2019 by Math Paper Press.

Suffian Hakim

 

Suffian Hakim is a Singaporean author and screenwriter.

Teoh Hee La (Zhang Xi Na, 曦娜)

 

张曦娜,新加坡作家,媒体工作者。曾多次获得“全国短篇小说创作比赛”及“金狮奖创作比赛”小说组及散文组冠、亚军,并以短篇小说《任牧之》获马来西亚花踪世界华文小说奖。2000年获颁“东南亚文学奖”,2013年获颁“新华文学奖” 。已结集出版的作品计有短篇小说集《张曦娜小说选》、《变调》(二版)、《镜花》、《掠过的风》;散文集《岁月流金》、《走过的风情》、《开罗紫玫瑰》、《仙人掌散文系列之张曦娜卷》;以及报道文学《大姑速写》、《客答问》等。

 

Teoh Hee La (Zhang Xi Na, 张曦娜) has won 12 prizes in short story contests within the region. In 1990 and 1994, she won the acclaimed book award given by the National Development Council of Singapore and was also awarded the Golden Lion Award in 1985, 1987, 1989, and 1991. In 2000, she won the Southeast Asian Write Award. She has 10 published works that include both fiction and non-fiction.

Ting Kheng Siong

 

郑景祥,新加坡写作人,1971年生于新加坡葱茅园;新加坡国立大学毕业,现为新加坡作家协会副会长。 曾获新加坡青年艺术家奖(文学)、全国诗歌创作奖、亚细安青年微型小说奖 等,著有诗集《三十三间》及散文集《忘了下山》。

 

Ting Kheng Siong was born in 1971 in what was then the Charn Mao Hern area of Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore and is currently the Vice President of the Singapore Association of Writers. He has won the Singapore Young Artist Award for Literature, the National Poetry Writing Award, and the ASEAN Youth Short Story Writing Competition among others. His published works include the poetry collection Room for Thirty-three (三十三) and the collection of essays Forgetting to Come Down from the Mountain (忘了下山).

Try Sutrisno Foo

 

Try Sutrisno Foo has translated interviews and soundbites for documentaries on television. He has also done live interpretation of Bahasa Indonesia during Q&A sessions at the 2016 and 2017 Singapore International Film Festival. He graduated from NUS in 2019 with a major in Southeast Asian Studies. His honours thesis examined how interconnected the lives of people living within and near the Riau Archipelago are, whether they realise it or not.

Wahid Al Mamun

 

Wahid Al Mamun writes about the intersections of migration, third-culture identity, and family in his poetry. His poems can be found in QLRS, The Murmur House, and various SingPoWriMo anthologies. His poem, 'my mother thinks i dream in bengali', won an Honorable Mention for Sing Lit Station's Inaugural Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian poetry in 2018. He is currently an Anthropology major at the University of Chicago. He sometimes thinks of becoming a masseur in Sicily, even though he does not know the language.

Wayne Rée

 

Wayne Rée is the author of Tales From a Tiny Room. New York Times best-selling creator, David Mack, called it “a charming book of original stories, each with its own voice and personality.” Wayne has contributed to regional and international publications such as LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction and Infinite Worlds Magazine. He’s also the co-creator of the supernatural/wuxia/western comic, Mr Memphis, and the narrative podcast, Ghost Maps.

Wesley Leon Aroozoo

 

Wesley is a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts and a filmmaker with 13 Little Pictures. His literary works include Bedok Reservoir (Math Paper Press,2012) and I Want to Go Home (Math Paper Press, 2017).

YEOLO

 

Yeo Tze Hern (YEOLO) is a content creator best known for his memes, parodies and commentary videos.

Yeow Kai Chai

 

Yeow Kai Chai is a poet, fiction writer, and editor. He has three poetry collections, One to the Dark Tower Comes (2020), Pretend I’m Not Here (2006), and Secret Manta (2001), which was adapted from an entry shortlisted for the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize. He co-wrote a collection of short stories, The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015) and a collection of verse, Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home (2016), with three other authors. A co-editor of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, he served as Festival Director of the Singapore Writers Festival from 2015 to 2018.