The Poetics of Identities
DATE / TIME
2 Nov, Sat
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
VENUENational Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
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This session is in English
How do writers grapple with multiple identities, phased through class, gender, and sexuality, in their work? In a world that demands labels now more than ever, what happens when one refuses to be pigeonholed? This panel discusses the reconciliation of personal and collective identities in their work, and whether that defines their writing persona.
Yau Ching is a writer, filmmaker and video artist who has authored more than twelve books, including award-winning poetry collections. She has been making socially engaged work, including co-founding an organization for sexual minorities in Hong Kong and Women’s Theatre Festival, among others. Starting from 2017, she is Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong and Visiting Professor in Liberal Arts at Shantou University. She is Adjunct Professor at Center for China Studies of the Chinese University in Hong Kong from 2018.
Yau Ching is featured in the following SWF event(s):
JY Yang is the author of the Tensorate series of novellas from Tor.Com Publishing (The Red Threads of Fortune, The Black Tides of Heaven, The Descent of Monsters and The Ascent to Godhood). Their work has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, Lambda Literary, and World Fantasy Awards, while their short fiction has been published in over a dozen venues, including Tor.com, Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and Strange Horizons. JY is queer, non-binary, and lives in Singapore. Find them online at http://jyyang.com, or on Twitter: @halleluyang.
Photo credit: Chris Kammerud
Diana is currently an editor for Beyond The Hijab, a site sharing stories of Singaporean-Muslim women. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies Kepulauan (2014) and The First Five (2017), amongst others. Her recent essays have been anthologised in Growing Up Perempuan (2018) and Budi Kritik (2018). Her topical interests include feminism, race, Islam, class, and the ways these issues may intersect. She has three cats.
Photo credit: Lee Chi-Leung