Alvin Pang was Singapore’s Young Artist of the Year for Literature in 2005 and received the Singapore Youth Award in 2007 for Arts and Culture. A poet, author, editor and translator, he has appeared in many major festivals and publications worldwide, and his work has been translated into over fifteen languages. He represented Singapore at London’s Poetry Parnassus event, part of the 2012 Olympic celebrations, alongside poets such as Kay Ryan (USA), Seamus Heaney (Ireland) and Wole Soyinka (Nigeria). A Fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program in 2002, he published recently Tumasik: Contemporary Writing from Singapore (USA, 2009), What Gives Us Our Names (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2011), Other Things and Other Poems (Brutal: Croatia, 2012) and When the Barbarians Arrive (UK: Arc, 2012).
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the author of “A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family” (Hyperion, 2011). A native of Singapore, she is currently working on her first novel, and is the editor of “Singapore Noir” (Akashic, 2014), an anthology of noir fiction set in Singapore. She was a staff writer covering fashion and culture at The Wall Street Journal, In Style and the Baltimore Sun and her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, Bon Appetit and Food & Wine among other publications. The National Arts Council of Singapore awarded her major grants in support of her books in 2011 and 2012. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, Hawthornden Castle and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She lives in Brooklyn.
Christine Chia is the author of The Law of Second Marriages (Math Paper Press, 2011 and 2014) and a sequel, The Filial Defense (Ethos Books, forthcoming). She contributed poetry to Prairie Schooner and is currently a poetry MFA student at The New School.
Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen are the husband-and-wife team behind DIM SUM WARRIORS, a Mandarin/English bilingual iPad app and graphic novel series about kung fu-fighting dumplings that Fast Company named one of the Top 10 Coolest Original Digital Comics and which won an Honorable Mention in Publishers Weekly’s Critics’ Poll of the Best Graphic Novels of 2012. It has been featured by Time, the BBC and the New York Times. Yen Yen is also an associate professor at Long Island University’s College of Education and Information Sciences, while Colin is a former attorney and Straits Times columnist who recently illustrated the New York Times bestseller, Search Inside Yourself (HarperOne) and contributed the opening chapter to Singapore Noir (Akashic Books). Together, they also wrote, directed and produced the multiple international award-winning feature film Singapore Dreaming, which has been screened at festivals worldwide, and also at the Smithsonian Institution and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. In Singapore, they are perhaps best known for founding the satirical website TalkingCock.com and authoring the bestselling Coxford Singlish Dictionary. As if they weren’t busy enough, they now also run Yumcha Yoga, a boutique yoga studio in Flushing, Queens.
Cyril Wong is the Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of poetry collections such as Unmarked Treasure, Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light, The Dictator’s Eyebrow and After You. He has also published Let Me Tell You Something About That Night, a collection of strange tales, and a novel, The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza. Cyril has served as a mentor under the Creative Arts Programme and the Mentor Access Project, as well as a judge for the Golden Point Awards in Singapore. A past recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award for Literature, he completed his doctoral degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore in 2012. His poems have been anthologised in Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (W. W. Norton 2008) and Chinese Erotic Poems (Everyman’s Library 2007), amongst various journals and publications across the world.
Haresh Sharma is the Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage and co-Artistic Director of the annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. To date, he has written more than 100 plays. His play, Off Centre, was selected by the Ministry of Education as a Literature text for N and O Levels, and republished by The Necessary Stage in 2006. In 2008, Ethos Books published Interlogue: Studies in Singapore Literature, Vol. 6, written by Prof David Birch and edited by A/P Kirpal Singh, which presented an extensive investigation of Haresh’s work over the past 20 years. A collection of Haresh’s plays have been translated into Mandarin and published by Global Publishing. Haresh was awarded Best Original Script for Fundamentally Happy, Good People and Gemuk Girls during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Life! Theatre Awards respectively. In 2010, The Necessary Stage has also published the above-mentioned plays in the collection entitled Trilogy. In 2011 and 2012, 2 collections of short plays by Haresh entitled Shorts 1 and Shorts 2 as well as a collection entitled Plays for Schools have been published. Most recently, a brand new collection of Haresh’s plays on medical-related issues entitled Don’t Forget to Remember Me was published in November 2013 and launched at the Singapore Writers Festival. Haresh was also the first non-American to be awarded the prestigious Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2011.
Jason Erik Lundberg is the author of several books of the fantastic—including Strange Mammals (2013), The Alchemy of Happiness (2012), and Red Dot Irreal (2011)—as well as the Bo Bo and Cha Cha children’s picture book series and more than a hundred short stories, articles, and book reviews. He is also the founding editor of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, series editor for The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories, editor of Fish Eats Lion (2012), and co-editor of A Field Guide to Surreal Botany (2008) and Scattered, Covered, Smothered (2004). A graduate of the prestigious Clarion Writers Workshop, Lundberg holds a Master’s degree in creative writing from North Carolina State University and currently lives in Singapore.
Joshua Ip has published two volumes of poetry: sonnets from the singlish (2012) – 44 sonnets on growing up in Singapore; and making love with scrabble tiles (2013) – 44 poems on love and language. His poetry and short stories have been published in various print and online journals, and he is the first-prize winner of the Golden Point Award 2013 for the short story “The Man Who Turned Into a Photocopier.” He is currently working on his first graphic novel, after the flood.
Kirstin Chen is the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners, featured in USA Today’s “New Voices”, an O, The Oprah Magazine book to pick up now, and a Glamour book club pick. A former Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing, she holds an MFA from Emerson College and a BA from Stanford University. She has received awards from the Sewanee and Napa Valley writers’ conferences, and her short stories have appeared in Zyzzyva, Hobart, Pank, and others. Born and raised in Singapore, she currently lives in San Francisco, where she’s at work on her second novel, set on a tiny island off the coast of southern China in 1958.
Pooja Nansi has published two collections of poetry, Stiletto Scars (2007, Word Forward) and Love is an Empty Barstool (2013, Math Paper Press) and co-written a teacher’s resource for approaching Singaporean Poetry in the classroom called Local Anesthetic, a Painless approach to Singaporean Poetry (Upcoming , Ethos 2014). She has performed and conducted workshops extensively in several educational institutes both locally and abroad with individuals of different ages. She has also participated in poetry projects such as Speechless with the British Council, where she worked in conjunction with poets from London, Ireland, Taiwan, The Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam and engaged in a month long tour of the UK to explore issues surrounding freedom of speech. She curates a monthly spoken word and poetry event in Singapore called Speakeasy at Artistry which showcases both emerging and established poets from places as diverse as Burma and Botswana. She also runs the Singapore chapter of Burn After Reading which is a collective started for young emerging poets (aged 16-24) who are encouraged to write, read, perform and publish as widely as possible. Since 2009, she has also been one half of the spoken word and music duo The Mango Dollies with singer-songwriter Anjana Srinivasan. As a teacher and writer, she believes strongly in making poetry relevant to the lives of the young people she comes in contact with.
Tania De Rozario is an artist, writer and curator interested in issues of gender and sexuality. She is the author of Tender Delirium (Math Paper Press: 2013) and co-founder of EtiquetteSG, a multidisciplinary platform focused on developing and showcasing art, writing and film by women. She is also a co-editor of Body Boundaries (The Literary Centre: 2014), an anthology featuring poetry and prose by 28 woman writers. Winner of the 2011 SPH-NAC Golden Point Award for English Poetry, Tania is a literary alumna of Hedgebrook (USA) and Sangam House (India). Her words can be found in journals and anthologies such as the Prairie Schooner Fusion Archives, the Santa Fe Writers Project, Softblow, Moving Words Poetry Journal, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, and GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry & Prose. As a visual artist, her work has been shown in Singapore, The Netherlands, the USA and Spain. She is also an Associate Artist with The Substation, Singapore’s oldest independent contemporary arts centre. On the side, Tania freelances as an art-writer and adjunct educator; she facilitates drawing workshops on a regular basis and teaches Contemporary Contextual Studies at Lasalle College of Arts. She is currently working on her second book.
For over 25 years, Verena Tay acted, directed and wrote for English-language theatre in Singapore. She created various solo and collaborative performances, often based on original, self-written material while she was as an Associate Artist with The Substation (2002–09). Three collections of her plays have been published: In the Company of Women (SNP Editions, 2004), In the Company of Heroes and Victimology (both by Math Paper Press, 2011). An Honorary Fellow at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (Aug–Nov 2007), she now writes and edits fiction, conducts the occasional creative writing workshop, and is studying part-time for an MFA in Creative Writing (City University of Hong Kong). Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light (Math Paper Press, 2012) is her first collection of short stories. Since 2012, she has edited A Monsoon Feast (DFP Productions/Monsoon Books) and all six books in the popular Balik Kampung series of short stories published by Math Paper Press. In addition, Verena is a storyteller and teaches voice, speech and presentation skills as well as storytelling.
Wena Poon is the author of 8 books of literary fiction. Her stories have been professionally produced on the London stage, serialized on BBC Radio 4, and extensively anthologized and translated into French, Italian, and Chinese. She won the UK’s Willesden Herald Prize for best short fiction. She has also been nominated for Ireland’s Frank O’Connor Award, France’s Prix Hemingway, the Singapore Literature Prize, and the UK’s Bridport Prize for Poetry. Her work is studied by British and American academics of transnational and Asian American literature, and form part of the Cambridge ‘O’ Level Literature exam syllabus in Singapore high schools. Born and raised in Singapore, she is fluent in several languages, graduated magna cum laude in English Literature from Harvard and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Based in Austin, Texas, she is a lawyer by profession.