Text and photos by Paul Rozario-Falcone
Second Saturdays last month was its usual food-laden, word-filled, love fest. The open mic portion of the afternoon saw writers Lourdes Bernard, Kimberley Lim, and Jee Leong Koh take to the floor to read their original works. Lourdes read two poems “Purple Crown” and “This Fall Day”; Kimberley also shared two pieces “Laika” and “Pork”; while Jee read “Talking to Koon Meng Who Called Himself Christopher” from his latest collection of poetry Steep Tea.
Following the open mic, featured author Naomi Jackson read from her debut novel The Star Side of Bird Hill (Penguin, 2015), a coming-of-age tale of two sisters spanning Brooklyn and Barbados. An insightful Q&A then followed, in which Jackson spoke of her writing process and how the book has been received. More about the author and the book can be found at http://www.naomi-jackson.com/