Navigating the SEA

Navigating the SEA



3 Nov, Sun 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM


National Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studio 1 - 4
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This session is in English


Joshua Ip


From regional anthologies to writing prizes, these Southeast Asian writers discuss the challenges and triumphs they face while working in cross-cultural collaborations across Southeast Asia. They share their reflections on cultural misunderstandings, navigating tricky topics, and the considerations behind physical and virtual collaborations in publication, performance, and competitions.

This session is co-presented with Sing Lit Station.


Martin Villanueva lives in Quezon City, Philippines, where he teaches creative writing at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and serves as literary editor of the journal Kritika Kultura. He self-published his first book of poems, Account in 2017, the same year he participated in the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Programme. His first book of essays, A Pig Was Once Killed In Our Garage, was published in 2019 by ADMU Press.

Martin Villanueva is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Christine Chia writes poetry, hybrid memoirs, and plays. She is the author of The Law of Second Marriages, and Separation: A History. She is the co-editor of the poetry anthologies A Luxury We Cannot Afford, A Luxury We Must Afford, and Lines Spark Code. Her first play, We Cannot Bring Money When We Die, was read at Centre 42 in 2019. Her poetry can be found in many publications, including the Washington Square Review, Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Prairie Schooner and the W!LD RICE play, Another Country.

Christine Chia is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Pauline Fan


Pauline Fan is a writer and literary translator from Malaysia. She has translated several books from German to Malay. Her English translations of poems by Kulleh Grasi will be published by Circumference Books in 2019. Pauline is Creative Director of Pusaka, Co-Director of the George Town Literary Festival, and Deputy Editor of Mekong Review.

Pauline Fan is featured in the following SWF event(s):