Letters from Home to Home: A Reading
DATE / TIME
7 Nov, Sat
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
This session is in English
Produced by Crispin Rodrigues.
Explore the idea of ‘home’ as a place close to one’s heart, a space one feels disconnected from, as something one longs to return to and more. Local and international authors from a variety of backgrounds reimagine the possibilities of 'home' through poems and flash fiction in the series, Letters from Home to Home.
Topaz Winters is the author of three poetry collections, including most recently Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing which was a finalist for the Broken River and Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. She is also the editor-in-chief of the arts organisation Half Mystic. Her peer-reviewed research on poetry, identity, and queerness in Singapore is published in the Journal of Homosexuality and is taught at the University of Southern California’s doctorate programme in educational leadership. She is currently a second-year student at Princeton University.Topaz Winters is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Samuel Caleb Wee
As a creative writer, Samuel’s poetry, and creative prose have appeared in Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore, Esquire, Moving Worlds and Ceriph. In 2016, he co-edited the anthology of anti-realist fiction, this is how you walk on the moon. He currently lives in Vancouver, where he is working on a PhD in Literature.Samuel Caleb Wee is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Zakir Hossain Khokan
Bangladesh – Singapore
Zakir Hossain Khokan is an award-winning poet. Born in Dhaka and a graduate of the National University of Bangladesh, he moved to Singapore in 2003 to work. Presently, he is a Quality Control Project Coordinator in the construction sector. Zakir is also a writer, editor, freelance journalist, photographer, organiser, film producer, social entrepreneur and former TEDx speaker. He uses the little fame that he has to give back to the community by advocating for worker rights and starting initiatives within the migrant community. This includes Migrant Writers of Singapore, Migrant Workers Photography Festival and One Bag One Book, a project that encourages migrant workers to read more books.Zakir Hossain Khokan is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Shy Lhen Esposo
Philippines – Singapore
Shy Lhen Esposo is a domestic helper and a self-published author of Shy Hawk's Path, Dreams Are My Reality and Shy I Love You Today and Tomorrow. She also contributed to Get Lucky: An Anthology of Singapore and Philippine Writings. She has won many awards including third runner up for Nucleus Poem Mother Language Competition 2018 and Migrant Poetry Competition 2019. She is also a poet-writer at Nomad's Choir Poetry in Woodside, New York. With Nick Ambrister, she co-wrote Through Open Hangar Doors and the Ace series on love and war. She is a single mother to five, including two foster children.Shy Lhen Esposo is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Tania De Rozario
Singapore - Canada
Tania De Rozario is a writer, visual artist, and the author of Tender Delirium, And The Walls Come Crumbling Down, and Somewhere Else, Another You. She was the winner of the 2011 Golden Point Award for English Poetry and the 2020 New Ohio Review Nonfiction Contest. Her poetry, prose and comics can be found in journals including The Malahat Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner Online Journal, Blue Lyra Review, Carte Blanche, Softblow and subTerrain Magazine, among others. Her visual art has been showcased in Singapore, London, Moscow, Amsterdam and San Francisco.Tania De Rozario is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Lyd Havens is the author of the chapbook I Gave Birth to All the Ghosts Here (Nostrovia! Press, 2018). The winner of the 2018 ellipsis… Poetry Prize, their work has been published in Ploughshares, The Shallow Ends, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. They were a member of the 2017 Boise Poetry Slam team, which placed 7th at group piece finals, and Boise’s representative for the 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam. Lyd is currently an undergraduate at Boise State University, where they are studying creative writing and history.
Photo Credit: Emi RadetichLyd Havens is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Sammie Downing is the Pushcart-nominated author of The Family That Carried Their House on Their Backs. The poet Ed Roberson once told her, “You only have one life and you only have one work.” She's taken this advice perhaps too literally and has lived in seven states and two countries. She’s been a housekeeper, a huntress and a fraud investigator. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado.Sammie Downing is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Rona Wang is a senior studying math at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her short story collection Cranesong was published by Half Mystic Press in 2019, and her novel You Had Me at Hello World is forthcoming with Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster in 2022. Her writing has also been featured in Asimov's, Teen Vogue, The Adroit Journal, and Winter Tangerine Review.
Photo Credit: Evangeline LiuRona Wang is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Philippines – Singapore
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.Lawrence Ypil is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Jihyun Yun is a Korean-American poet and a winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. She is the author of Some Are Always Hungry, slated for publication in September 2020.Jihyun Yun is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Crispin Rodrigues is the author of two collections of poetry, Pantomime and The Nomad Principle. He is the co-editor of Crazy Little Pyromaniacs, an anthology of young Singapore poets, and his works are featured in various anthologies and journals. He is working on his third poetry collection, slated for publication in 2021.
Photo Credit: Jared HoCrispin Rodrigues is featured in the following SWF event(s):