2016 Authors and Moderators

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Alfian Sa’at is a Resident Playwright with W!LD RICE, one of Singapore’s most recognized theater companies. Alfian has been nominated eight times for Best Original Script at the Life! Theatre Awards, winning in 2005 for Landmarks, in 2010 for Nadirah, and in 2013 for Kakak Kau Punya Laki (Your Sister’s Husband). In 2011, Alfian was awarded the Boh-Cameronian Award in Malaysia for Best Book and Lyrics for the musical The Secret Life of Nora. In 2013, he won the Boh-Cameronian Award for Best Original Script for the play Parah. His published works include three collections of poetry, One Fierce Hour, A History of Amnesia and The Invisible Manuscript, a collection of short stories, Corridor, a collection of flash fiction, Malay Sketches, two collections of plays as well as the published play Cooling Off Day. He has also translated two novels, The Tower by Isa Kamari and The Widower by Mohamed Latiff Mohamed from Malay into English. In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature. He has also been nominated for the Kirayama Asia-Pacific Book Prize and the Singapore Literature Prize for A History of Amnesia. His short fiction collection Malay Sketches was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Prize in 2013. His plays and short stories have been translated into German, Swedish, Danish and Japanese and have been read and performed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane, Melbourne, London, Zürich, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Appearing in:
– LITTLE RED DOT: Singaporean Writers on Literature and Politics. Wed, Sep 28, 1:00 pm, Stony Brook University.
– (IN)VISIBILITIES: Singaporean and American Writers on Race and Sex (Opening Night). Wed, Sep. 28, 7:00 pm, Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
– MIXING IT UP: Hybrid Literature in Singapore Today. Thu, Sep 29, 3:00 pm, Adelphi University.
– CROSSING BOUNDARIES: Four Writers on Fictionalizing Southeast Asia (Highlight). Thu, Sep 29, 7:00 pm, Asia Society.
– CONTEXTS AND TEXTS: Writing and Translating in Malaysia and Singapore. Fri, Sep 30, 12:30 pm, New York University.
– OUTSIDE THE LINES: Plays by Alfian Sa’at, Marcus Yi, and Ovidia Yu (Highlight). Fri, Sep 30, 7:00 pm, National Opera Center.

 

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Ann Aptaker’s debut novel Criminal Gold was a Goldie Award finalist last year. Her second book Tarnished Gold was this year’s Lammy Award and Goldie Award winner. Both books have earned excellent reviews from Curve Magazine, Crimepieces, Rainbow Reads, and other print and internet venues. Her Cantor Gold crime series celebrates her favorite themes: dangerous women, crime and mystery fiction, and New York City history. The third book in the series Genuine Gold is scheduled for release in January 2017 from Bold Strokes Books. Like her protagonist, Cantor Gold, Ann resides in her beloved hometown, New York, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Art and Art History at New York Institute of Technology.

Moderating in:
– KILLER WOMEN: Two Countries, Three Cultures, Countless Crimes. Fri, Sep 30, 4:30 pm, New York University.

 

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Colin Goh is one half of the the team behind DIM SUM WARRIORS, a Mandarin/English bilingual iPad app and graphic novel series about kung fu-fighting dumplings that has been featured by Fast Company, Time, The New York Times and Publishers Weekly.  It is now being adapted for a stage musical which premieres in Shanghai in 2017. He is also a filmmaker whose multiple award-winning feature film Singapore Dreaming has been screened at numerous festivals worldwide, and also at the Smithsonian Institution and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. In Singapore, he is perhaps best known for founding the satirical website TalkingCock.com and authoring the bestselling Coxford Singlish Dictionary. In his meager spare time, he is an attorney.

Appearing in:
– HOW GRAPHIC NOVELS WORK: The Art of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Sat, Oct 1, 2:00 pm, Book Culture Bookstore.

 

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A member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group 2014-15 and Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Writers Lab, Damon Chua is the recipient of an Ovation Award (Best World Premiere Play) for FILM CHINOIS, which made its Off-Broadway debut with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in 2015. His TYA play THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE recently opened at Adventure Theatre MTC and his historical play INCIDENT AT HIDDEN TEMPLE will receive an Off-Broadway world premiere in 2017. A National Endowment for the Arts, Dramatists Guild Fund, UNESCO and Durfee Foundation grant recipient, Damon is published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, Plays for Young Audiences and the Proscenium Journal. He is also a published poet and short story writer. http://www.damonchua.com/

Moderating in:
– OUTSIDE THE LINES: Plays by Alfian Sa’at, Marcus Yi, and Ovidia Yu (Highlight), Fri, Sep 30, 7:00 pm, National Opera Center.

 

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Douglas Wolk writes about comics and graphic novels for The New York Times Book Review, Time, Rolling StoneThe Washington Post, The Believer and elsewhere. Wolk is the author of Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, which won the Eisner and Harvey Awards, and Live at the Apollo; he also collaborated on the graphic novel Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two with artist Ulises Farinas. A National Arts Journalism Fellow and Getty/USC Annenberg Arts Journalism Fellow, Wolk teaches comics writing at Portland State University, and is currently working on All of the Marvels, a book about reading all 25,000 Marvel superhero comics, forthcoming from Penguin. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Appearing and moderating in:
– HOW GRAPHIC NOVELS WORK: The Art of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Sat, Oct 1, 2:00 pm, Book Culture Bookstore.

 

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E.K. Tan is Associate Professor in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at Stony Brook University. He specializes in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Sinophone studies, Southeast Asian studies, Queer Asia and Post-colonial theory. His recent works include Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World (Cambria Press) and an essay, “In Search of New Forms: Impact of Bilingual Policy and “Speak Mandarin” Campaign on Sinophone Singapore Poetry,” in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. He writes in both Chinese and English.

Appearing in:
– CONTEXTS AND TEXTS: Writing and Translating in Malaysia and Singapore. Fri, Sep 30, 12:30 pm, New York University.
Moderating in:
– LITTLE RED DOT: Singaporean Writers on Literature and Politics. Wed, Sep 28, 1:00 pm, Stony Brook University.

 

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Gina Apostol‘s last novel, Gun Dealers’ Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). She recently finished a fourth novel, The Unintended, anthologized in A Kind of Compass: Stories on Distance (Tramp Press 2015). She is working on William McKinley’s World, a novel set in Balangiga and Tacloban in 1901, during the Philippine-American War. She was writer-in-residence at Phillips Exeter Academy and a fellow at Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy, among other fellowships. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, the Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.

Appearing in:
– CROSSING BOUNDARIES: Four Writers on Fictionalizing Southeast Asia (Highlight). Thu, Sep 29, 7:00 pm, Asia Society.

 

Harold Augenbraum is Franke Visiting Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center of Yale University. For twelve years, he was Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards. He has translated, among other works, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition and the Filipino novelist José Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. In 2012, the University of Texas Press published his co-translation (with Ilan Stavans) of The Plain in Flames by Juan Rulfo and in 2013 Penguin Classics published his edition of the Collected Poems of Marcel Proust. He is currently carrying out a research project on the business of translation in the United States under a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In 2015, Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota awarded him the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Moderating in:
– CROSSING BOUNDARIES: Four Writers on Fictionalizing Southeast Asia (Highlight). Thu, Sep 29, 7:00 pm, Asia Society.

 

Jason Koo

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Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” by Brooklyn Magazine, Jason Koo is the author of two collections of poetry, America’s Favorite Poem and Man on Extremely Small Island. He is also the editor of Poems for Kobe, a private limited edition of poems presented as a retirement gift to Kobe Bryant by the Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Poets, and coeditor of the forthcoming Bettering American Poetry anthology and Brooklyn Poets Anthology. He has won fellowships for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute. An assistant teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge. He lives in Brooklyn.

Appearing in:
– (IN)VISIBILITIES: Singaporean and American Writers on Race and Sex (Opening Night). Wed, Sep 28, 7:00 pm, Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

 

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Jason Wee is an artist and a writer. He lives in Singapore and New York. His art practice is concerned with the hollowing out of singular authority in favour of polyphony and parallax. He transforms these singular histories and spaces into various visual and written materials, with particular attention to architectures, idealism and minor futures. He founded and runs Grey Projects, an artists’ space, library and residency that focuses on curatorship, new writing, design propositions and art. He is an editor for Softblow poetry journal. He is a regular columnist for Pipeline magazine (Hong Kong). He was a 2005-2006 Studio Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He has shown in the Chelsea Art Museum, Photo New York, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Casino Luxembourg, ifa galerie (Stuttgart and Berlin), Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Biennale, Valentine Willie Kuala Lumpur, and Manila Contemporary. Artist-in-residencies include Artspace Sydney, ISEA 2008, Tokyo Wonder Site, Contemporary Art Japan, and Gyeonggi Creation Center in Korea.

Appearing in:
– MIXING IT UP: Hybrid Literature in Singapore Today. Thu, Sep 29, 3:00 pm, Adelphi University.

 

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Jennifer Hayashida is a writer, translator, and visual artist. Her most recent projects include translation from the Swedish of Athena Farrokhzad’s White Blight (Argos Books, 2015) and Karl Larsson’s Form/Force (Black Square Editions, 2015). Her work has been published and exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, and she has received awards from, among others, PEN, the MacDowell Colony, the Jerome Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is Director of the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College, CUNY, and serves on the board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Moderating in:
– (IN)VISIBILITIES: Singaporean and American Writers on Race and Sex (Opening Night). Wed, Sep 28, 7:00 pm, Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

 

Jeremy Tiang [photo credit Oliver Rockwell]

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Jeremy Tiang‘s short story collection It Never Rains on National Day (Epigram Books, 2015) was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. Other work has appeared in the Guardian, Esquire, Brooklyn Rail, Ambit, Meanjin, Asia Literary Review, QLRS and Best New Singaporean Short Stories, and won Singapore’s Golden Point Award. He has translated more than ten books from Chinese, including work by Zhang Yueran, Su Wei-chen, Yan Geling, Yu Qiuyu and Yeng Pway Ngon, and has been awarded an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship, a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship, a PEN/ Heim Grant and a People’s Literature Award Maotai Cup Prize for Translation. Jeremy is also a playwright; his work includes A Dream of Red Pavilions (Pan Asian Rep/Theater Row), The Last Days of Limehouse (Yellow Earth, UK) and Floating Bones (translations of plays by Han Lao Da and Quah Sy Ren; Arts House, Singapore). He is a member of P73’s Interstate Writing Group.

Appearing in:
– LITTLE RED DOT: Singaporean Writers on Literature and Politics. Wed, Sep 28, 1:00 pm, Stony Brook University.
– MIXING IT UP: Hybrid Literature in Singapore Today. Thu, Sep 29, 3:00 pm, Adelphi University.
– CROSSING BOUNDARIES: Four Writers on Fictionalizing Southeast Asia (Highlight). Thu, Sep 29, 7:00 pm, Asia Society.
– CONTEXTS AND TEXTS: Writing and Translating in Malaysia and Singapore. Fri, Sep 30, 12:30 pm, New York University.

 

Jessica Hagedorn at the 2006 National Book Awards

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Jessica Hagedorn is the author of Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, which won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. Other publications include Danger And Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and Burning Heart: A Portrait Of The Philippines. Hagedorn edited both volumes of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction, and Manila Noir, a crime fiction anthology. Her plays include Most Wanted, Stairway To Heaven, Fe In The Desert, and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters. www.jessicahagedorn.net

Appearing in:
– CROSSING BOUNDARIES: Four Writers on Fictionalizing Southeast Asia (Highlight). Thu, Sep 29, 7:00 pm, Asia Society.

 

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Jini Kim Watson is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at New York University. She works in the fields of Asia/Pacific postcolonial literature and theory with a special interest in urban and political modernities. She is the author of The New Asian City: Three-dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form (Minnesota UP 2011), and has published articles in InterventionsPostcolonial StudiesContemporary Literaturepositions: east asia cultures critique, and The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, amongst others. She is working on a book on the literatures of postcolonial authoritarianism.

Moderating in:
– CONTEXTS AND TEXTS: Writing and Translating in Malaysia and Singapore. Fri, Sep 30, 12:30 pm, New York University.

 

Marcus Yi

Originally from Singapore, Marcus Yi is an award-winning writer/director and performer based in New York. He has created work in Singapore, Atlanta, and New York, and is the artistic director of Living Room Theater. He has worked on over 100 productions and his recently created work include Micro Shrimp The Musical (Winner of 11th Annual NJ Playwrights Contest), 29x/y (WIld Project, Paradise Factory), Pretty Little Mouth (Roy Arias), The Procedure (Gene Frankel Theater), The Ephemeral Lightness of Dreams: the dream plays (Lynn Redgrave Theatre), Thicker Than Water: the blood plays and Baby Baby!. His work has been produced by the National Asian Artists Project, Yangtze Rep, Asian American Film Lab, The Secret Theatre, New Jersey Playwrights Contest, Ingenue Theater, Modern Griot Theatre, Ticket2eternity Productions, Queens Players, Rising Solo, POPLAB, URNetworkAlliance, NYC Actors and Playwrights Collective, All Out Arts, Short Play Lab, Angry Head Productions, and Living Room Theater. His work has been seen at the Midtown International Theater Festival, Planet Connections Theater Festivity, Fresh Fruit Festival, and the Midwinter Madness Theater Festival. Marcus was also named one of Indie Theater Now’s 2014 People of the Year and is an Indie Theater Now Playwright.

Appearing in:
– OUTSIDE THE LINES: Plays by Alfian Sa’at, Marcus Yi, and Ovidia Yu (Highlight). Fri, Oct 1, 7:00 pm, National Opera Center.

 

Martha Cooley

A Professor of English at Adelphi University, Martha Cooley is the author of The Archivist, a national bestseller published in eleven foreign markets, and Thirty-Three Swoons (also published in Italy).  Her short fiction, essays, and translations have appeared in A Public Space, AGNI, Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere.  Her memoir-in-essays, Guesswork, will be published in April 2017.

Moderating in:
– MIXING IT UP: Hybrid Literature in Singapore Today. Thu, Sep 29, 3:00 pm, Adelphi University.

 

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Matt Humphreys recently joined Dynamite Entertainment as an assistant editor, after working at DC Comics in the same capacity. At DC, he helped edit Batman, Grayson, Gotham Academy and other comics (as well as serving as the inspiration for the character of Coach Humphreys). Previously, he worked for Artforum and Bookforum magazines. He is a graduate of Yale University, and in his spare time is hard at work writing a horror novel.

Appearing in:
– HOW GRAPHIC NOVELS WORK: The Art of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Sat, Oct 1, 2:00 pm, Book Culture Bookstore.

 

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Mei Ann Teo is a Singaporean theatre/film maker working internationally and based in the U.S.A. Her work has toured extensively including Belgium’s Festival de Liege (Lyrics From Lockdown, “Truly polished, meaningful and entertaining” –The New York Times), Edinburgh International Fringe (MiddleFlight, “Stunning” –The Scotsman), M1 Singapore Fringe Festival (The Shape of a Bird, “Superb staging” – The Straits Times), INFANT Experimental Theatre Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, Beijing International Festival (Labyrinth – Top 8 in Beijing News), Dumbo Arts Festival, Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival. She has directed and developed new work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Phil Killian Fellow 2015), Goodman Theatre, Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, and was the first Asian American to direct at the National Black Theatre. She is in the first cohort for the Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellowship and ArtEquity Facilitator Training, and has received grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Asian Cultural Council, NET, and LMCC. She is an Artist-in-Residence for The Performance Project at University Settlement 2015/2016 and the Asst. Professor of Directing and Dramaturgy at Hampshire College. MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University.

Appearing in:
– OUTSIDE THE LINES: Plays by Alfian Sa’at, Marcus Yi, and Ovidia Yu (Highlight). Fri, Sep 30, 7:00 pm, National Opera Center.

 

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Naomi Jackson is the author of The Star Side of Bird Hill, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad. A graduate of Williams College, he is the recipient of residencies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Camargo Foundation.

Appearing in:
– (IN)VISIBILITIES: Singaporean and American Writers on Race and Sex (Opening Night). Wed, Sep 28, 7:00 pm, Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

 

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Ovidia Yu has had over thirty plays produced in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, including The Woman In A Tree On The Hill, which won an Edinburgh Fringe First, and Hitting (On) Women, which won the Audience Award and Singapore’s Life! Theatre Awards Best Original Script. Ovidia has received the National Arts Council Young Artist Award (Drama and Fiction), the Singapore Youth Award (Arts and Culture), the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Singapore Foundation Award for outstanding contribution to the development of arts. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Iowa’s International Writing Programme and spent three months at the Toji Cultural Centre Residency writing her first children’s book. The Mudskipper, about a mixed race child exploring her Singapore roots, was runner-up for the inaugural Scholastic Asia Book Award, published by Scholastic in 2012 and shortlisted for the Hedwig Anwar Book Prize the same year. Her murder mysteries Aunty Lee’s Delights (2013), Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials (2014), and Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revenge (2016) all feature a kiasu, kaypoh, em zai si crime-solving cook.

Appearing in:
– LITTLE RED DOT: Singaporean Writers on Literature and Politics. Wed, Sep 28, 1:00 pm, Stony Brook University.
– (IN)VISIBILITIES: Singaporean and American Writers on Race and Sex (Opening Night). Wed, Sep 28, 7:00 pm, Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
– MIXING IT UP: Hybrid Literature in Singapore Today. Thu, Sep 29, 3:00 pm, Adelphi University.
– THE MUDSKIPPER at The Brearley School’s Book Club, Fri, Sep 30, 11:35, The Brearley School.
– KILLER WOMEN: Two Countries, Three Cultures, Countless Crimes. Fri, Sep 30, 4:30 pm, New York University.
– OUTSIDE THE LINES: Plays by Alfian Sa’at, Marcus Yi, and Ovidia Yu (Highlight). Fri, Sep 30, 7:00 pm, National Opera Center.

 

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SJ Rozan has won multiple awards, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity, and the Japanese Maltese Falcon.  She has written fifteen novels, thirteen under her own name and two with Carlos Dews as the writing team of Sam Cabot.  Many of her dozens of short stories have appeared in various “Best Of” collections, and she has edited two anthologies.  SJ was born and raised in the Bronx and now lives in lower Manhattan.  She teaches and lectures widely, including in New York at Crime Fiction Academy and during the summer in Assisi, Italy, at Art Workshop International.  She has been a Master Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts and a Writer-in-Residence at Singapore Management University.  Her newest book is Sam Cabot’s Skin of the Wolf.

Appearing in:
– KILLER WOMEN: Two Countries, Three Cultures, Countless Crimes. Fri, Sep 30, 4:30 pm, New York University.

 

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Sheela Jane Menon is an Assistant Professor of English at Dickinson College whose research centers on questions of race and identity in Malaysian literature and culture. Her dissertation, “Rakyat Malaysia: Contesting Nationalism and Exceptional Multiculturalism,” maps the contradictions of Malaysian multiculturalism through integrated readings of Orang Asli/Orang Asal activism alongside Malaysian literature, film, theatre, and political rhetoric. In the classroom, she teaches Postcolonial, Asian American, and World Literature, focusing in particular on how texts are shaped by specific socio-political contexts. Menon’s teaching and research are informed by her upbringing in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Honolulu. She earned her B.A. in English (Highest Honors) and Religion from The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from The University of Texas at Austin. Menon’s teaching has been recognized by awards from UT Austin, and her writing on Malaysian politics has been published by The Conversation and The Malaysian Insider.

Appearing in:
– CONTEXTS AND TEXTS: Writing and Translating in Malaysia and Singapore. Fri, Sep 30, 12:30 pm, New York University.

 

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Ying Sze Pek is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. Based in New York City, she is a Helena Rubinstein Fellow of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program for 2016-2017.

Appearing in:
– HOW GRAPHIC NOVELS WORK: The Art of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Sat, Oct 1, 2:00 pm, Book Culture Bookstore.