South-Eastern Asia

Yeow Kai Chai

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Yeow
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Kai Chai
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Singapore

YEOW Kai Chai (poet, fiction writer; Singapore) is the author of poetry collections Secret Manta (2001) and Pretend I’m Not Here (2006). His poems and stories have been widely published and anthologized. He is an editor at the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, and has been an editor and music critic for The Straits Times. His third poetry collection, One to the Dark Tower Comes, is forthcoming. He participates courtesy of the Singapore National Arts Council.

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Yusi Avianto PAREANOM

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PAREANOM
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Yusi Avianto
Male
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Indonesian

Yusi Avianto PAREANOM (fiction writer, nonfiction writer; Indonesia) the founder of the publishing house Penerbit Banana, has a novel and several collections of short stories, among them Rumah Kopi Singa Tertawa [The Coffee House of the Laughing Lion] (2011). He has also been involved in theatrical productions, films, and other multimedia art ventures. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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Eros ATALIA

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ATALIA
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Eros
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Filipino

Eros ATALIA (fiction writer; Philippines) teaches Filipino language, journalism, and film production and theory at the University of Santo Tomas. A recipient of numerous awards for his essays, poems, and fiction, he has had the story “Si Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino” and the novel Ligo na u, lapit na me adapted to film. He is currently completing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of the Philippines. His participation is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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MAUNG YU PY

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MAUNG YU PY
Male
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Burmese
Burma

MAUNG YU PY (poet; Burma) has published poem collections [There is a New Map for That Little Island Town Too] (2007) and [With the Big Television Turned On] (2009). His work is also included in several national poetry collections, as well as in Bones Will Crow: An Anthology of Burmese Poetry. His participation is made possible by the Open Society Institute.

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Polen LY

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LY
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Polen
Male
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Khmer
Cambodia

Polen LY (screenwriter; Cambodia) has written, directed and produced several short films, including [Red Ink] (2014) and [Colourful Knots] (2014), which won the first prize at the 2015 Tropfest SEA film festival in Malaysia. Among his documentaries are [Gone with the Water] (2012), the winner of the 2012 science film festival in Bangkok, Thailand, and [A Daughter’s Scars] (2013). His participation is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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NISAH HARON

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Zaidah Zakaria
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NISAH HARON
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Malay
Malaysia

NISAH HARON (fiction and nonfiction writer, translator; Malaysia) is the author of several story collections and novels, including, most recently, Rindu Seorang Rafik [The Longing of a Rafik]. Her nonfiction deals with the craft and the business of creative writing; she is also a travel writer, with work translated into English and Japanese. She has twice received the Utusan Group Literary Prize for her novels; the stories have earned her three iterations of the Malaysia Premier Literary Prize. Her participation is made possible by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

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Mookie KATIGBAK-LACUESTA

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KATIGBAK-LACUESTA
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Mookie
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English
Philippines

Mookie KATIGBAK-LACUESTA (poet, nonfiction writer; Philippines) is the author of two poetry collections: The Proxy Eros (2008) and Burning Houses (2013). Widely awarded, she was the Filipino delegate to the 2012 Medellín Poetry Festival. Her work has been anthologized in publications and online, in the Philippines and abroad. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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Yu-Mei BALASINGAMCHOW

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BALASINGAMCHOW
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Yu-Mei
Female
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English
Singapore

Yu-Mei BALASINGAMCHOW (fiction and nonfiction writer; Singapore) has had stories appear in the anthologies From the Belly of the Cat (2009) and Let’s Tell This Story Properly: Commonwealth Short Story Prize Anthology (2015), as well as in the journal Mänoa. Her nonfiction work includes Singapore:A Biography (2009; co-authored with Mark Ravinder Frost), commissioned by the National Museum of Singapore. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She participates courtesy of the Singapore National Arts Council.

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Myay Hmone Lwin

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Myay Hmone Lwin
Male
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Burmese
Burma/Myanmar

MYAY HMONE LWIN (poet, fiction writer, translator; Burma/Myanmar) is the author of the poetry collection Se ma lar [Wanna Ride?] (2010), the short story collection Yangon tayeiksanyone mha pyan yaggaun lootnay [An Otter Sneaked Out From the Yangon Zoo] (2014), and the novels Nhit phie da pine [One By Two 1/2] (2011), Khu (2011), A yate ta kyi kyi [Watch Out Your Shadow] (2012) and Kyat sar ko khae pyat nhit pyat ywae ma ya [What Has Been Written on the Stone Can’t Be Erased by an Eraser] (2013).

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Bernice Chauly

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Chauly
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Bernice
Female
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English
Chinese
Malay
Malaysia

Bernice CHAULY (poet, nonfiction and fiction writer, playwright, filmmaker; Malaysia) is the author of the poetry collections going there and coming back (1997), The Book of Sins (2008), and Onkalo (2013), the short-fiction book Lost in KL (2008) and the memoir Growing Up With Ghosts (2011), winner of the 2012 Reader's Choice Awards for non-fiction. Her award-winning films have screened at international film festivals.

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