Edited by Frederick Cheng, Lim Qing, Ng Kah Gay
A companion to Unhomed, the other chapbook in the LIVEpress series, Crossing Universes begins with Theophilus Kwek’s “On Roads and Rituals”, a reflection on why we travel and what it means to be able to travel. The short stories and poems that follow continue to traverse literal and figurative universes, exploring a myriad of ideas and issues along the way: faith, depression, perception, birth, coming-of-age, and death. Alfonse Chiu’s short but quietly stunning “Hanami Post-Earthquake” draws the reader’s voyage to a close on an ethereal, pensive tone.
This chapbook is produced as part of LIVEpress, an initiative by Ethos Books to nurture editors, as well as young and/or unpublished writers.
Through monthly workshops conducted by five established authors from December 2015 to March 2016, LIVEpress participants explored aspects of writing across different genres. The five established authors were Aaron Lee, Genevieve Wong, Jerrold Yam, Theophilus Kwek and Verena Tay.
Based on the theme of “Crossing Universes”, the young writers submitted creative pieces and were guided through the editorial process by a team comprising two editors at Ethos Books and two editorial mentees who were also LIVEpress participants. Their efforts have culminated in this anthology that curates their works, alongside submissions from some of the established writers who conducted the workshops.
About the Editors
Frederick Cheng often loses himself in floating thoughts fashioned from flowers and broken sunlight. Entranced by pastel pinks, the scent of freshly baked muffins and the liberation of deep breathing, he has been recently sighted in yoga studios attempting to perform arm balances and inversion poses.
Lim Qing is an aspiring editor, English Literature graduate from NUS, and lover of cute things and Korean pop culture. She specialises in raiding the Ethos Books pantry for snacks and all kinds of tea. Her name means “clear water” in Chinese, and she tries to live up to it.
Ng Kah Gay is intrigued by the secret life of words and how they inhabit the inner world of individuals. Publishing keeps him close to these hidden universes.
• • •ISBN: 978-981-09-9181-4
Dimension: 110mm x 180mm
Extent: 68 pages