The Responsibility of Origins and Identities
DATE / TIME
11 Nov, Sat
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
VENUEThe Arts House, Chamber
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This session is in English
In a world order where cultural and racial identities have become politicised, how much say do you have over your own identity, or is it defined by precepts? In a rare triple-bill presentation, three eminent writers, American poet Li-Young Lee, American novelist Xu Xi and Canadian novelist-poet Lydia Kwa, will share personal experiences as well as insights from their works.
This session is made possible with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy Singapore.
Li-Young Lee is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Behind My Eyes (2008). His earlier collections are Book of My Nights; Rose, winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award; and The City in Which I Love You, the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection. He has also published the memoir The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (1995), which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, as well as the chapbook The Word From His Song (2016).Li-Young Lee is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Hong Kong - US
Xu Xi 許素細 is the author of 12 books, including a memoir Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City (2017), the novel That Man In Our Lives (2016); Interruptions (2016), a collaborative ekphrastic essay collection with photographer David Clarke; the short story collection Access Thirteen Tales (2011); and the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky (2010), a Man Asian Literary Prize finalist. She has edited four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. Forthcoming books include Insignificance: Stories of Hong Kong (2018) and This Fish Is Fowl: Essays of Being (2019-20).Xu Xi is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Singapore - Canada
Lydia Kwa was born in Singapore and has lived in Canada since 1980. She has published three novels: This Place Called Absence (2000), The Walking Boy (2005) and Pulse (2014). Her two books of poetry are The Colours of Heroines (1994) and sinuous (2013). A new novel, Oracle Bone, is out this year in Vancouver.Lydia Kwa is featured in the following SWF event(s):