Leonard Ng was born in Singapore in 1979. He studied Sociology and English Literature at the National University of Singapore. Besides his two collections of poetry, his work has appeared in a variety of places, including Ceriph, the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, the anthologies Love Gathers All and Coast.
Eric Valles draws inspiration from all the places that he has called home. His poetry has been featured in & Words, Sound of Mind, Reflecting on the Merlion, Ceriph, Southeast Asian Review of English, Routledge’s New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing and other journals.
Aaron Lee is a prize-winning poet, writing mentor, community organiser and banking lawyer. He has three poetry collections to date, the latest being Coastlands (2014), which was launched at the Singapore Writers Festival. He is married to Namiko Chan Takahashi, a multi-disciplinary artist, and they live in Singapore.
As a photgraopher, Zakaria Zainal makes meaning of the world through his photographs. Born and bred a Singaporean, Prabhu Silvam sees writing and documenting the human condition as a necessary means of expression—the art form of telling and re-telling a story. Find out more at their website.
Leonora Liow is a Singapore-based writer. Her interests are cooking, cultures and a good read. Born in Hong Kong, she studied law at the National University of Singapore. In 2003, Liow won the Golden Point award with her short story, “Pentimento”.
About a decade ago, Russ Soh swopped his corporate career for an unfashionably early retirement. Both of his short story collections, Not The Same Family (2013) and Tales from the ECP (2014) are published by Ethos. He blogs regularly at russsoh.com about his writing life.
Lydia Kwa was born in Singapore. She now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of three novels and two collections of poetry. Her visual art has been shown at Centre A gallery for Contemporary Asian Art in Vancouver. She has her own website as well.
Yong Shu Hoong has published five books of poetry: Isaac (1997), do-while (2002), Frottage (2005), From within the Marrow (2010) and The Viewing Party (2013). As a freelance journalist, he has written articles for publications like The Straits Times and Esquire Singapore.
Danielle Lim holds Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from The University of Oxford. Based in Singapore, she has written for a national gallery as Curator of the Ministry of Education Heritage Centre. In that capacity she wrote over a hundred short stories featured as part of the heritage gallery.
Felix Cheong is a well-known figure in the Singapore literary scene and the author of eight books, including four volumes of poetry and two young adult novels. Recently, he has also published satirical flash fiction in Singapore Siu Dai and Singapore Siu Dai 2, which have been very well received.
Teaching has been Patricia Maria de Souza's first love, having taught at Raffles Girls' Primary School for 13 years, before moving on to curriculum work and retiring as a literature teacher. Just as her story-writing progressed from children's stories to tales for adults, so too did her poems.
Shirley Geok-lin Lim was born in Malacca, Malaysia. She is an American writer of poetry, fiction, and criticism. Her first collection of poems, Crossing the Peninsula (1980), won her the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, a first both for an Asian and for a woman.
Adeline Foo is one of Singapore’s best-selling writers of fiction for young readers, and is now the author of 25 books. Adeline’s work ranges from picture books to the successful The Diary of Amos Lee series. A National University of Singapore alum with a MFA in Screenwriting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Adeline lives in Singapore with her husband and three kids.
Alfian Sa’at is a Resident Playwright with W!LD RICE. His published works include three collections of poetry, One Fierce Hour, A History of Amnesia andThe Invisible Manuscript, a collection of short stories, Corridor, a collection of flash fiction, Malay Sketches, and two collections of plays – Collected Plays One and Collected Plays Two, and the published play Cooling-Off Day.
Alvin Pang was named 2005 Young Artist of the Year (Literature) by the National Arts Council, Singapore. His poetry collections, Testing The Silence (1997) and City of Rain (2003) were both listed in the Straits Times’ Top Ten Books of the Year. Pang was a founding director ofThe Literary Centre (Singapore) and Wordfeast 2004, Singapore’s first international poetry festival.
Bertha Henson worked in the Singapore Press Holdings stable of newspapers for 26 years, her last designation being Associate Editor of The Straits Times. In 2012, she left the organisation to start her own media consultancy, Newsmakers, and to teach at the National University of Singapore. She is now Journalist-in-residence at Tembusu College in NUS, and she still blogs at Bertha Harian and The Middle Ground.
Lishan Chan suffered from an episode of psychosis in 2008. She is now a mental health advocate with an ambition to stamp out stigma. Lishan has an MSc in Philosophy of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also an alumnus of Raffles Girls School.
Christine Chia is the author of The Law of Second Marriages (Math Paper Press, 2011 and 2014). She is the co-editor of poetry anthology A Luxury We Cannot Afford (Math Paper Press, 2014) and a featured writer at the Singapore Literature Festival in New York (Oct 10-12, 2014).
Yeo Wei Wei is a Singaporean writer and translator.These Foolish Things & Other Stories is her debut collection of short stories. She is currently working on a novel.
Chua Hui Ying has a Master of Arts and is currently pursuing a course on counselling. She lives with her cat, Pumpkin and loves nature and travelling.
At the age of seventeen, Claire Tham won two second prizes in the 1984 National Short Story Writing Competition for “Homecoming” and “Fascist Rock.” She has also collected two Golden Point Awards, in 1999 and 2001, for her stories, The Gunpowder Trail and Driving Sideways.
Cyril Wong has published nine volumes of poetry including Unmarked Treasure (Firstfruits 2004), Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light (Firstfruits 2007), Satori Blues (Softblow Press 2011) and The Dictator's Eyebrow (Ethos Books 2013)
Dave Chua's short story, "Father's Gift", won a Singapore Press Holdings-National Arts Council Golden Point Award in 1995. His first novel, Gone Case, was given a Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award in 1996 and was published the same year.
David Leo has published works in both fiction and poetry. His short story “Soup of the Day” (from News At Nine), retitled “Bakut Teh”, was one of four works by local writers commissioned by the NAC to be made into a short film under the Utter banner for Singapore Writers Festival 2013.
Desmond Kon Zhicheng‐Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, a hybrid work, and four poetry collections. He has edited more than fifteen books and co‐produced three audio books, several pro bono for non‐profit organizations. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.
Daren V.L. Shiau is a prize-winning novelist and poet. His works have been featured and performed in Singapore, Australia and Europe. In 1999, Heartland was selected by The Straits Times as one of the 10 Best Reads of Year. Shiau has also been awarded numerous national and Commonwealth distinctions and was named the Outstanding Young Person of Singapore in 2000.
Ian Tan holds a first class honours in English Literature from the National University of Singapore. He has conducted numerous workshops, book clubs and poetry circles for secondary school English Literature teachers.
Jeffrey Lim writes about anything that preoccupies him. He is married and lives in Singapore. Besides Faith & Lies (1999), Jeffrey has also published short stories in other collections.
Born in 1991, Jerrold Yam is a law undergraduate at University College London and the author of three poetry collections, Intruder (2014), Scattered Vertebrae (2013) and Chasing Curtained Suns (2012). His poems have been published across twenty countries in more than eighty literary journals.
Jinat Rehana Begum has taught Literature and English in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in Singapore. Jinat studied early nineteenth-century novel reception for her doctorate at the University of York and retains a fascination for the many ways readers shape writers.
Josephine Chia is a Peranakan author and is published internationally in both fiction and non-fiction. She has participated in several Literary Festivals and Book Fairs around the world. Her most recent work is When a Flower Dies, written during her Writer-In-Residence stint in 2014.
Born in Greece in 1976. Kostas Ikonomopoulos studied at Athens University and did his postgraduate studies in Philosophy at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He has an enduring interest in cultural preservation, colonial architecture, derelict monuments and urban decay.
Leana Lyn Doray is a trained educator, having obtained a double degree in Arts and Education at the University of Sydney. Serendipity led her to teach in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in Singapore for four years, where she discovered her love for reading to young children and providing a holistic education above and beyond basic academia
After National Service in 1970, Lee Chiu San joined the mass media as a journalist. After stints in advertising and publishing, he found what he described as an honest and satisfying vocation selling cars, which he did from 1986. Since retiring, he has taken long driving and motorcycle riding tours and volunteered in nature conservation projects.
Lin Yang grew up in China and has lived in Australia, Sweden and Mexico. Her novel A Family Portrait was written with the help of the Arts Creation Grant from the National Arts Council of Singapore. An avid traveller, Yang also writes travelogues, some of which appear in Lian He Zao Bao, the national Chinese daily in Singapore.
Noelle Q. de Jesus was born in the US, grew up in Manila, and spent most of her adult life as a writer, wife and mother in Singapore. She has published short stories in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and the US. She also conceptualized the literary anthology series Fast Food Fiction Short Short Stories To Go and will edit a Singapore edition in 2016.
Rosemarie Somaiah loves story in all its forms. She has worked with local schools, museums, community and corporate organisations and other artists and shared stories orally in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Korea, India, Indonesia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. More information about Rosemarie and her activities may be found at www.asianstorytellingnetwork.com
Su Wei-chen has served as editor-in-chief of the Weekly Reader News, and is now a professor of Chinese literature at National Cheng Kung University. She is the author of more than a dozen volumes of fiction and nonfiction. he is the recipient of the United Daily News Prize for the Novelette and the Tainan Prefectural City Prize for Literary Contribution.
Mei Ching Tan writes novels, short stories, plays, and children's books. She has received writing awards for her books, Beyond the Village Gate and Crossing Distance, first prize for her play, Water Ghosts, and first prizes in the U.S. for her short stories. In 1997, she received the National Arts Council's Young Artist Award for Literature. In her spare time, Mei Ching likes to watch spiders spin webs.
Teo Soh Lung, a lawyer, was detained for being involved in the alleged "Marxist Conspiracy" in 1987 by the Singapore government. She was held without trial for more than two years under Singapore’s Internal Security Act. In Beyond the Blue Gate, she has written this careful account of her experiences and feelings when detained in Whitley Detention Centre 21.
Wong Su Ann was raised by the local weather, a child of eternal summer and intermittent rain. She is a graduate in Law at the National University of Singapore. In 2007, she gained a Masters in Daydreaming. She sits at cafes, savouring life and latte, turning people into poems.
Born in 1947, Yeng Pway Ngon is a poet, novelist, playwright and critic who has published 24 volumes of poetry, essays, fiction, plays and literary criticism in the Chinese language. He has been translated into English, Malay and Dutch.
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