SingLitFest Benefit

What A Great Night!

The benefit for the 2nd annual Singapore Literature Festival in NYC turned out to be a wonderful event. The room was filled with great talent, creative energy, and good people and food! thanks to Chef  Kho Kian Lam,winner of the Julia Child First Book Award for his book Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees, who catered the night.

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Chef Kho Kian Lam

The evening started with introductions from our very own,  Jee Leong Koh, organizer of the Singapore Literature Festival. Ken Chen, Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, gave remarks on the future collaboration with SingLitFest.

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Gina Apostol, author of the Pen Open Award-winning novel, The Gun Dealers’ Daughter, read passionately from her novel, which moved the audience. The evening was filled with great singing by Angky Budiarjono accompanied by pianist Peiharn Chen. Songs for the evening included serenade from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Pierrot’s “Tanzlied” from Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, and “Love in the Thirties” by American composer William Bolcom.

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Auction Table

The night would not have been complete without the amazing artists who displayed their artwork and spoke passionately about their artistic journey.

Artists

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Hong-Ling Wee- Handmade porcelain platter and peony brooch.

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Jason Wee- Archival print “Preoccupations – Butt.”

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Melinda Lauw- Carpeting techniques used to create “Tuft #1.” 

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Colin Goh – “Exercise Free Speech: Keep Talking Cock,” a print commemorating Colin and his wife’s first joint project.

 

 

 

Breaking Down American Barriers: Meet Gina Apostol

By: Kimberly Charles

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Gina Apostol

Novelist, teacher, and breast cancer survivor, Gina Apostol, has made her mark on American literature all while being an example of resilience and imagination.

In 2012, Apostol published her prize-winning novel, The Gun Lovers’ Daughter, which traces the entanglement of a bookish rich girl with the communist movement in the Philippines. For her American debut, she received the PEN Open Book Award in 2013. The judges’ citation for the book’s PEN award: “You will feel sure (and you will be correct) that you have discovered a great fiction writer in the midst of making literary history.”

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The Gun Lover’s Daughter

Born in Manila, the second of two children, Apostol was raised in the city of Tacloban by her mother Virginia, who was an artist. She studied at the University of Philippines where she received her bachelor’s degree, and at John Hopkins University in Maryland, where she obtained her Master’s degree in creative writing.

Apostol’s journey as a writer was not an easy one. In 1998, Apostol’s husband, Arne Tangherlini, passed away after the publication of her first novel, Bibliolepsy. The novel won the Philippines’ National Award for Fiction and the National Book Awards from the Manila Critics Circle. The year she won the PEN award, she was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

The now-New Yorker spends her time writing and teaching literature at Fieldston School, a New York prep school. She is a featured author at the upcoming 2nd Singapore Literature Festival (September 28 – 30, 2016), which brings together Singaporean and American authors to discuss literature and social issues.

On June 16th at 7:30 pm at the National Opera Centre, Gina Apostol will read at the Benefit for the Singapore Literature Festival.

 

For the Love of Clay: Meet Dr. Hong-Ling Wee

By: Kimberly Charles

Hong-Ling Wee donated artwork

Created by Dr. Hong-Ling Wee

Dr. Hong-Ling Wee, a former research fellow at NASA, gave up her career in Geography when she touched clay for the first time and fell in love. As she was raised in a traditional Singaporean family and being the youngest of three siblings, the idea of focusing on anything else besides education was unconventional. However, Dr. Wee was so intrigued and renewed by the art of pottery that she took off three years from graduate school to pursue this craft.

Ultimately, Dr. Wee did complete her PhD in Geography, but returned to ceramics to pursue it full time. Her talent was noticed early on when she attended a workshop conducted by the well-known American ceramicist, Mark Shapiro. Dr. Ewe’s fearless desire to do something new is reflected in her art. Her bold confidence plays an important role when sculpting. In an interview, she remarked, “It takes a certain personality to make this work. You have to have a level of arrogance to create this thing that most people say it’s impossible.”

It would be only a matter of time before Dr. Wee made a name for herself in the ceramics world. In 2006, she won first prize at Ceramics Biennial at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. In the same year, Ceramics Monthly selected her as one of 24 Emerging Artists. She also won an Award of Excellence at the 3rd China-ASEAN Youth Creativity Competition at the Guangxi National Art Centre, and an Honorable Mention at the Chonju International Craft Biennale. Dr. Ewe’s work has been showcased in the United States, Australia, Japan, Korea, China, and Singapore.

Although she has achieved much acclaim through her ceramics, Dr. Wee does not forget her roots.  Her exhibition “No Place Like Home” is a show of simple ceramic objects that can be used in every room in a house. The showcase, which reflects her longing for home, re-discovers the relationship between sculptural objects and practical art.

Given her succession of awards and her passion for ceramics, Dr. Wee is just getting started.

On June 16th at 7:30 pm at the National Opera Centre, Dr. Hong-Ling Wee will be one of the featured artists at the Benefit for the 2nd Singapore Literature Festival in NYC. She has donated for the art auction a handmade porcelain platter (16’’ x 16’’ x 2’’). The work was inspired by Native American philosophy that honors the importance of the natural world and our place in it. In traditional American Indian dwellings, the main door faces east to greet the morning sun, to welcome and give thanks for each new day. Since it is rather impossible to accomplish that in urban dwelling, Dr. Wee chose to decorate the porcelain with a single brush stroke to symbolize the sun. This artwork is a way of bringing the sun into the home and a reminder to give thanks and to live everyday fully. This piece could be used as a serving platter, as a centerpiece, or a wall hanging.

 

The Artistic Warrior: Meet Colin Goh

By: Kimberly Charles

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A Singaporean filmmaker, writer, and cartoonist, Colin Goh is unstoppable. With two award-winning feature films, a play produced in London, critically acclaimed graphic novels, and educational iPad apps, Goh has proven that anything is possible.

Since the age of 17, Goh had been working as a professional cartoonist in Singapore and had had his work appear in many newspapers. Goh’s comic strip The Concrete Jungle appeared in the Singaporean tabloid The New Paper, and garnered a fan base.

Eventually, Goh went on to study law at the University of London, and then returned home to work for a major Singaporean law firm in shipping and international trade litigation, not before, however, producing his first play The Body Politic at the Royal Court Theatre in London. From Singapore, he moved with his family to New York City. He then got his Master’s in Law from Columbia University where he was awarded the Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.

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Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo (Wife)

After he passed the State of New York bar exam, Goh decided to go another route. With his wife Yen Yen Woo, an associate professor of education, he created TalkingCock.com, a satirical website that poked fun at Singaporean culture and current events. Unexpectedly, his website became a success. It received millions of page views, thousands of subscribers, and was recognized in Time Magazine, Wired, The Economist, BBC. It was even debated in Singapore’s parliament. To follow up on the success, they created their first film Talking Cock.

Their second film Singapore Dreaming won them kudos. The creative duo won the Montblanc award for the best new screenwriter at the 54th San Sebastian International Film Festival. Singapore Dreaming also won Best Asian Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

When their daughter came along, the couple decided to channel their creative energies in a different direction. To entertain their daughter, other children, and childlike adults, they produced Dim Sum Warriors, a graphic novel and bilingual iPad app series about Kung Fu-fighting dumplings. A musical adaptation is now in the works.

Colin and Yen Yen artworkOn June 16th at 7:30 pm at the National Opera Centre, Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo will be featured artists at the Benefit for the 2nd Singapore Literature Festival in NYC. They have donated for the art auction a work titled Exercise Free Speech; Keep Talking Cock, a nostalgic commemorative piece based on their very first joint project, the satirical website TalkingCock.com. The 11” x 14” x 0.75″ print (on museum-quality canvas mounted on wood frame) is made from an idea by Yen Yen Woo and Colin Goh, and hand illustrated, with digital color and FX, by Colin Goh.

Singapore Unbound Fellowship

Jeremy Tiang Q&A

 

 

Singapore Unbound Fellowship

 

WHO WE ARE

SINGAPORE UNBOUND is an exciting new non-profit dedicated to free and open cultural exchange between Singapore and the USA. We organize literary events (Singapore Literature Festival in NYC and the Second Saturdays Reading Series), publish works of high merit (Singapore Poetry and Bench Press), and collaborate with writers, artists, and cultural organizations in New York City to build people-to-people understanding. We aim to be independent, innovative, and inspiring.

SINGAPORE LITERATURE FESTIVAL IN NYC (SLF NYC) is a biennial literary festival that brings together Singaporean and American authors and audiences for conversations about literature and society. Started in 2014, the 2nd Festival will be held this year from September 28 – 30. For more details on this year’s exciting programming, please visit our website http://www.singaporeliteraturefestival.com/.

SECOND SATURDAYS READING SERIES is a monthly literary salon held in various private homes around New York City, and open to all. We have featured Vijay Seshadri, Monique Truong, James Hannaham, Jason Koo, Patricia Park, Naomi Jackson, Martha Cooley, and Amanda Lee Koe, among others. Upcoming features include Chinelo Okparanta, Claudia Serea, and Naomi Novik. https://www.facebook.com/secondsaturdaysreadingseries/

 

FELLOWSHIP DETAILS

SINGAPORE UNBOUND invites applications for a year-long fellowship (from July 2016 to June 2017), renewable for a second year, subject to performance evaluation. The fellowship provides a stipend of $1500 a year. The fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to be involved with a pioneering arts non-profit and to gain invaluable hands-on experience in event organizing, community outreach, arts marketing, and public relations. Applicants must be able to commit at least 20 hours a week and provide on-site support for the festival (September 28 – 30, 2016) and the reading series (every Second Saturday of the month, except July and August). This fellowship is open to all students based in New York City. Students must be pursuing a degree or be a recent graduate. The deadline for applications is 06/24/2016.

 

Responsibilities include:

1. Events Organizing

-Organize the Second Saturdays Reading Series by liaising with authors, hosts, guests, and booksellers, and providing on-site support

-Provide on-site support during the 2nd Singapore Literature Festival in NYC (September 28 – 30, 2016)

2. Community Outreach, Arts Marketing, and Public Relations

-Manage social media platforms in order to inform and engage with audiences: Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

-Support the implementation of communication initiatives and community outreach

-Support growth through building relationships with followers, partners, and media

-Create and manage a weekly schedule of targeted social media posts

 

You are right for this position if:

-You have a keen appreciation for literature and theater

-You regularly attend author readings and other literary events

-You thrive on community engagement

-You are passionate about social media and have a flair for creating content

-You have experience in managing and growing multiple social media platforms

-You are proficient in Photoshop or other design software

-You are flexible and adaptable; you are willing to work during the weekends as needed

-You are self-motivated and self-directed

-You feel comfortable asking questions when you need guidance or direction

-You are an effective communicator

-You wouldn’t dream of missing a deadline

 

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

Please be prepared to discuss the following:
-The SLF NYC mission and brand
-The SLF NYC 2016 festival authors
-The SLF NYC social media accounts

Please send the following in one PDF file to Jee Leong Koh at jeeleong.koh@gmail.com:
-Cover letter
-CV
-Referee’s contact
-Your website url, if available
-Your social media accounts
-Three (3) posts from your most recent arts-related social media activities

 

Limited tickets left! Celebrate Singapore’s most independent festival on June 16!

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Dear Friends of the Singapore Literature Fest in NYC,

 

Please join us for a wonderful evening and champion the 2nd Singapore Literature Festival in NYC (Sep 28 – 30, 2016)!

 

Next Thursday, June 16, 7:30 pm, at the National Opera Center (330 7th Ave, Manhattan), we will come together to celebrate this unique festival. For the last few months, our team has worked tirelessly behind-the-scenes to bring together a captivating evening of food, literature, music, and art for our supporters. We have a limited number of benefit tickets left!

 

Chef Kian Lam Kho, the winner of the Julia Child First Book Award will present an inspiring menu for the occasion. Highlights of the evening include a reading from award-winning festival author, Gina Apostol. Baritone Angky Budiardjono will present a delectable selection of operatic classics. We will also present a special auction of art works by Singaporean artists Hong-Ling Wee, Jason Wee, Boedi Widjaja, Colin Goh, and Melinda Lauw. Every guest receives an exclusive gift bag valued at $50.

 

A donation of $80 at Fractured Atlas puts you on the door list:
http://bit.ly/singaporeliteraturefestival
(no actual tickets needed)

 

We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, please contact me at jeeleong.koh@gmail.com. Thank you!

 

Jee Leong Koh
Organizer
Singapore Literature Festival in NYC

 

Save the date:
The 2nd Singapore Literature Festival in NYC (Sep 28 – 30, 2016) will bring together 5 Singaporean and 5 American authors and for in-depth conversations with audiences about literature and society. All programs are free and open to the public.

 

 

Social Media Intern (Paid)

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP (PAID)
 
WHO WE ARE
SINGAPORE LITERATURE FESTIVAL NYC (SLF NYC) is a biennial literary festival that brings together Singaporean and American authors and audiences for conversations about literature and society. Started in 2014, the 2nd Festival will be held this year from September 28 – 30. For more details on this year’s exciting programming, please visit our website. http://www.singaporeliteraturefestival.com/
 
INTERNSHIP DETAILS
SLC NYC is seeking a social media intern for four months, from June to September 2016. This internship offers an exciting opportunity to be involved with an innovative arts festival and to gain invaluable hands-on experience in community outreach, arts marketing, and public relations. Applicants must be able to commit at least 15 hours a week leading up to the festival and provide on-site support during the festival. This internship is open to all students based in New York City. Students must be pursuing a degree or be a recent graduate. This internship provides a monthly stipend of $100. Application deadline: 05/15/2016
 
Responsibilities:
-Effectively manage social media platforms in order to inform and engage with audiences: Website Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube
 
-Support the implementation of communication initiatives and community outreach
 
-Support growth through building relationships with festival followers, partners, and media
 
-Create and manage a weekly schedule of targeted social media posts
 
 
You are right for this position if:
-You are passionate about social media and have a flair for creating content
 
-You have experience in managing and growing multiple social media platforms
 
-You are proficient in Photoshop or other design software
 
-You have a keen appreciation for literature and theater
 
-You regularly attend author readings and other literary events
 
-You thrive on community engagement
 
-You are flexible and adaptable; you are willing to work during the weekends as needed
 
-You are self-motivated and self-directed
 
-You feel comfortable asking questions when you need guidance or direction
 
-You are an effective communicator
 
-You wouldn’t dream of missing a deadline
 
Application Instructions / Public Contact Information
 
Please be prepared to discuss the following:
-The SLF NYC mission and brand
-The SLF NYC 2016 festival authors
-The SLC social media accounts
 
Please send the following in one PDF file to Jee Leong Koh at jeeleong.koh@gmail.com:
-Cover letter
-CV
-Your website url, if available
-Your social media accounts
-Three (3) posts from your most recent arts-related social media activities

Fiscally Sponsored!

Fractured Atlas has approved our application for fiscal sponsorship! What this means is that our US supporters can make tax-deductible donations. Other supporters will find it easy to donate using their credit cards on our secure webpage.

Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Singapore Literature Festival in NYC are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=13839

Please excuse the placeholding flyer from the 2014 festival. Our video will be up very soon. Support us by making a donation and spreading the word!

 

Second Saturdays Reading Series – Dec 2015

Text by Jee Leong Koh

 

Second Saturdays held its festive gathering in Guy and Jee’s apartment on the Upper West Side. The company was as warm as the day itself, as friends and lovers mingled over convivial talk and delicious food. We welcomed several people new to this monthly event to celebrate Singaporean and American literatures. It was wonderful to meet so many creative spirits, from fields as diverse as graphic design, architecture, filmmaking, anthropology, poetry, statistics, performance studies, and tech start-ups!

At the open reading, we heard writers new to the series. Douglas Marks started the open reading by reciting a poem by his grandmother Milli Marks called “Thank America – Talk America.” Jill Tan read the poems “What passes for intimacy,” “anew,” “Platters,” “Gracendings,” and “Rosetta” from her bookPlasma. For a change of pace, Tomson Tee read his intimate story of frustrated love “Pugilist.” Bringing the open reading to a resounding end, Sarah Sarai read her poems “An Interrogatory” and “Popularity,” the latter forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly.

After the open reading, our featured speaker Helaine Smith, the author of Masterpieces of Classic Greek Drama and the recently published Teaching Particulars: Literary Conversations in Grades 6–12, took the stage. A master teacher at The Brearley School, Helaine guided the gathering through a reading of Robert Lowell’s poem “Man and Wife.” She gave us a glimpse of the excitement of her classroom when she showed the significance of the poem’s rhyme scheme to its meaning. She ended with a few wonderfully insightful remarks on Elizabeth Bishop’s “Poem.” Her discussion of both poems appears in her bookTeaching Particulars.

January’s Second Saturdays reading will feature Singaporean author Jeremy Tiang, who will read from his new book of short stories It Never Rains On National Day. For details of the event on Saturday, January 9, or if you’d like to be added to our mailing list, please get in touch with Paul at paul.rozario@gmail.com or Jee at jeeleong.koh@gmail.com. We wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

 

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