Off to a mate's wedding, and then a whistle-stop reading tour of Australia generously hosted by Griffith Review as part of their New Asia Now issue!
Nearly a year ago, I sent in a couple of pieces for an open call by Griffith for "40 Under 40", a bumper issue of the Australian journal featuring 40 new Asian voices under the age of 40. One of mine snuck in, thanks to coeditors Julianne Schultz and Jane Camens, and the issue came out this year under the revised title "New Asia Now".
Together with Chinese enfant terrible Murong Xuecun and the eclectic Indonesian Maggie Tiojakin, I'll be reading from New Asia Now and my own work while discussing the ripples of change spreading across Asian writing at a series of writing festivals and events - Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Adelaide.
Will drop a list of events soon - pretty excited!
two calls for your attention!
1. SingPoWriMo 2015: The Anthology needs MONEH. Just like last year, we're putting out the call with an indiegogo campaign - your money will contribute to the publication of an amazing anthology with Math Paper Press, and whatever left over will be used to give free books to schools that need it. What's more, you can have access to amazing perks such as discounted copies, signed first editions, original poems commissioned by the amazing editors Daryl Yam, Jennifer Anne Champion and meself... and a special appearance by the mysterious Leit Motif!
2. A Luxury We Must Afford - a new anthology edited by Christine Chia, Cheryl Julia Lee and me opened for submissions this National Day. The call will be open until a week after elections. Unlike the previous anthology, A Luxury We Cannot Afford - this collection will not look back, nor be fixated on the life of a single individual. Rather, it's more about what happens afterwards, what happens forwards, what happens onwards (Majulah!). Find out more after the jump.
And yes, POETRY IS COMING.
Esquire Singapore very generously lumped me with 49 manly luminaries and left me the last word on "the state of the Singaporean man".
I gave them an article on DOTA.
I also have a separate article on trolls coming out in Esquire in a subsequent issue. They seem to like my fantasy shtick, so, um, hooray!
Finally, The Middle Ground has very generously given me a spot on their regular lineup, called Tuesdays with Ipster Cafe. I've been a fan of the team behind TMG ever since their previous incarnation as the now-defunctBreakfast
a singaporean poet with an unhealthy addiction to forms.
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