GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry & Prose

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edited by Ng Yi-Sheng, Dominic Chua, Irene Oh, Jasmine Seah

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Synopsis

GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry and Prose is Singapore's first anthology of writers who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and otherwise queer. It's the combined work of 35 authors, translators and editors, who've contributed poetry, short fiction, memoirs, essays and experimental writing in English, Mandarin and Malay.

Between these covers, you’ll meet a loving couple struck by HIV, a lesbian lawyer confronted by her past, a voyeur in a New York library, an alarmed government censor, and a bomoh with a magic formula that keeps gay men faithful.

Romantic, sensual, funny and bizarre, these works are a testament to the range of voices that constitute queer literature in Singapore today. Featured writers include Johann S. Lee, Ovidia Yu, Alfian Sa’at, Ng Yi-Sheng and Adrianna Tan.

GASPP is published by The Literary Centre (Singapore).

CONTRIBUTORS

Johann S. Lee - X’Ho - Ovidia Yu - Alfian Sa’at - Cyril Wong - Jason Wee - Lee Yew Leong - Ng How Wee - Adrianna Tan - Koh Jee Leong - Wang Zisi - Jasmine Seah - O Thiam Chin - Zhuang Yusa - Ng Yi-Sheng - Michael Lee - Selwyn Lee - Irfan Kasban - Andrew Cheah - Michael Corbidge - Desmond Kon - Johann Loh - Chrystal Wang - Ash Lim - Geraldine Toh - Jabir Yusoff - Mint Hong - Grace Chua - Nicholas Deroose - Tata So - Dominic Chua - Tania de Rozario

About the Editors

NG YI-SHENG is a poet, playwright, journalist, critic, fiction writer and minor activist. He’s the author of last boy, Eating Air and the bestselling SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century, and has curated the ContraDiction queer literary readings every year since 2006. He was the winner of the Singapore Literature Prize in 2008, and blogs at lastboy.blogspot.com.

DOMINIC CHUA is painfully aware of the limitations of labels and identities, but answers to ‘educator’, ‘activist’, ‘gay’ and ‘post-Catholic’. His interests include addressing institutionalised homophobia, particularly within the education system. He has previously run plu.edu.sg, a support group for gay educators, and co-organised Pink Dot.

IRENE OH is a freelance writer and you can see her works in Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore’s major Chinese broadsheet). When she is not writing, she is running her own business while working as a project manager.

JASMINE SEAH is a sometime poet and writer. She has published a collaborative work of poetry and photography, Light is Like Water, under Ethos Books. Mostly, she works with youths and is committed to providing underprivileged young adults with opportunities to grow and learn. She is currently working on a new collection of poetry about love, history and madness.

Praise

"With its astounding diversity, its creative energy and its delicately proportioned contours of fictive or semi-autobiographical memory, this anthology speaks from the heart, not from the podium. Highly recommended as the ideal site to encounter “gay writing in Singapore” (or for that matter, some of the best literature in Singapore) for the first or the umpteenth time."
- Dr KK Seet

"From Chua’s invocation of the HDB heartlands, to the ties of family, work and relationships, there are dreams and frustrations to be challenged at every turn of the page, but above all – there is hope, as long as someone is writing, and someone is reading in turn. These voices are a collective gasp that cannot be hushed."
- June Lee, Fridae

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ISBN: 978-981-08-6808-6
Published: 2010
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm
Extent: 223
Finish: Paperback

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