[NOW ON VOD] Long Before Your Time...
DATE / TIME
31 Oct, Sat
- 8 Nov, Sun
3:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Festival Pass Event
This session is in English
Are poets historians? Can they write credibly about the past? Why should poetry even engage with history? Join three Singaporean poets with books of poetry that imaginatively draw upon local histories.
This is a pre-recorded session, and is now on video-on-demand replay.
Mok Zining is a Singaporean writer obsessed with random things: orchids, arabesques, sand. Her work has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, The Rumpus, and Witness Magazine, among others. She is the recipient of the Helen G Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature, a University of Minnesota CLA award, and an honourable mention from the Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize. Zining is currently working towards an MFA at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches creative writing. The Orchid Folios is her first book. Zining spends most of her free time dancing.
Theophilus Kwek is a writer and editor based in Singapore. He has published four collections of poetry, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue (2011), Circle Line (2013), Giving Ground (2016) and Moving House (2020). Both Circle Line and Giving Ground were shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. In addition, his pamphlet 'The First Five Storms' (2017) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award and won the inaugural New Poets’ Prize. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in The Guardian, The Straits Times, Times Literary Supplement, Mekong Review, and elsewhere.
Photo Credit: Jon Gresham
Daryl Lim Wei Jie
Daryl Lim Wei Jie is a poet and critic based in Singapore. He is particularly interested in the intersections between poetry and history. His first collection of poetry, A Book of Changes, was published by Math Paper Press in 2016 under the Ten Year Series imprint. He is the co-editor of Food Republic: A Singapore Literary Banquet, an anthology of literary food writing. His poems won him the Golden Point Award in English Poetry in 2015. He is working on his second collection. Daryl's work has appeared in Poetry Daily, Cordite, Cha, The Southwest Review, and Drunken Boat, among others.