Writers from Singapore

Singapore
1967
May WONG
Singapore
1978
Robert YEO
Singapore
1979
Meng Voon WONG
Singapore
1985
Yoon Wah WONG
Singapore
1985
Suraidi Bin SIPAN
Singapore
1986
Masuri Bin SALIKUN
Singapore
1986
Edwin THUMBOO
Singapore
1988
Rama KANNAPIRAN
Singapore
1989, 1990
Simon TAY
Singapore
1990
Ovidia YU
Singapore
1990
Philip JEYARETNAM
Singapore
1989, 1990
Simon TAY
Singapore
1994
Kim Cheng Boey
Singapore
1995
Joo Ming CHIA
Singapore
1995
Rasiah HALIL
Singapore
1996

WONG Yoon Wah is one of a few Singaporean writers with an international following. His work has been widely anthologized in Asia, and his many distinctions include the Epoch Poetry Award (Taiwan, 1974); the China Times' Literary Award for non-fiction (1981); the Southeast Asia Writers Award (1984), the Cultural Medallion for literature from the Singapore Government in 1986, and the ASEAN Award in 1993. Dr. Wong is associate professor of Chinese literature at the National University of Singapore. He earned the Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and attended the International Writing Program in 1985. He has published six poetry collections, most recently, Poems of Mountains and Waters. He and his wife, poet Dan Ying, are on sabbatical from NUS, and will serve as visiting scholars at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Singapore
1996

DAN YING is a lecturer at the Chinese Language Proficiency Centre of the National University of Singapore. One of the best known women poets in the international Chinese community, Dan Ying was the 1995 recipient of the Southeast Asian Writers' Award (SEAWrite) and Singapore's National Book Development Council Book Award for Chinese Poetry in 1979 (for Poems of Taiji) and 1994 (for Ages on My Hairs). From the time she published her first two poetry collection in the late 1960s, Dan Ying's work has been widely anthologized, most notably in Kenneth Rexroth's The Orchid Boat: Women Poets of China (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1972). She and her husband, poet and critic Wong Yoon Wah, are at the IWP on a sabbatical grant from the National University of Singapore.

Singapore
1997

Kirpal SINGH (fiction writer, poet, critic, Singapore; born in Singapore, 1949) is a leading figure in the literature of the ASEAN region. Dr. Singh is head of the Division of Literature and Drama at the Singapore National Institute of Education. His books include Singapore Potpourri (1970), Articulations (1972), Twenty Poems (1976), Palm Readings (1986), Critical Engagements (1986), Jaspal + 2 (1997). He has participated in several international literary festivals all over the world. He has also been Writer-in-Residence in many different universities. Forthcoming titles include Catwalking (1997) and Why Make Love Twice (1998). His works have been the subject of serious studies by critics internationally and he is today regarded as a major voice in the Indian Diaspora as well as in Southeast Asia. His participation is supported by the Lee Foundation of Singapore.

Singapore
1997

Suchen Christine LIM (born in Perak, 1948) began writing fiction on her return to the National University of Singapore for a literature honours course and after teaching some years in a junior college. The result was a novel, Ricebowl (1984); in 1986, she co-authored a prizewinning short play, The Amah: a Portrait in Black and White. Her second novel, Gift from the Gods, appeared in 1990, and in 1992 she was the first writer to receive the Singapore Literature Prize for her third novel, Fistful of Colours. While studying for her post-graduate diploma in applied linguistics, she co-edited a literature series for secondary schools. She is presently a curriculum specialist in the Singapore Ministry of Education, and has also written teaching materials and several children's stories. Ms. Lim is here on a Fulbright grant through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Singapore
2000

HENG Siok Tian (born 1963, Singapore) is a media services specialist with the educational technology division of Singapore's Ministry of Education, and teaches English and literature at a leading junior college. She is the author of the poetry collections My City, My Canvas (1999) and Crossing the Chopsticks and Other Poems (1993). Her work has appeared in major anthologies of the region, including New Voices in Southeast Asia and Cambridge University's The Calling of the Kindred. She is the recipient of awards for poetry and short story competitions at the National University of Singapore, and a scholarship for advanced studies from the Ministry of Education. She holds the MA in English literature from the National University, and a diploma from the Alliance Francaise. Her play "The Lift" was performed in Singapore in 1991 and chosen for a brief reading at the 3rd International Women Playwrights' Conference in Adelaide, Australia. Ms. Heng has also translated plays from Mandarin. With Anuar Othman, she is a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship awarded by the Singapore National Arts Council.

Singapore
2000

Anuar OTHMAN (born 1957, Singapore) is the author of two short story collections, Tekad (1984) and 1859 (1999), as well as a selection of short fiction, poetry and essays, Prisma Seni (1995). A fourth compilation of short fiction, Mendonan, is forthcoming this year, along with Mr. Othman's first novel, Sam. He received Singapore's Golden Point Award twice, winning first prize in 1997 for Hashimoto-san. His work has also received recognition in Singapore's National Short Story Writing Competition. His stories have been translated into Chinese and English and anthologized in those languages. He and Heng Siok Tian are appointed to the Iowa Fellowship of the National Arts Council of Singapore.

Alvin PANG
Singapore
2002

Alvin PANG is the author of Testing the Silence (1997) and the co-editor of two poetry anthologies. His poems and critical essays have appeared in a number of magazines, journals, and anthologies. Mr. Pang serves on a number of literary committees and arts councils and as the editor for several online literary websites, including The Poetry Billboard (www.poetrybillboard.com), which features Singapore writers. He is participating courtesy of the Singapore National Arts Council.

Verena TAY
Singapore
2007 Resident

Verena TAY has spent the last two decades working in Singapore’s English-language theatre. Since 1997, she has concentrated on solo performances. Some of her recent projects include Cotton & Jade (2000), Medea: One on One (2002), 3 Women (2005) and Between Woman and Man: The Erasure of Verena Tay (2007). Another of her plays, The Car, won Action Theatre’s Theatre Idols in 2005; The Car was fully staged at The Esplanade Theatre Studio in 2006). Tay teaches voice, speech, and presentation skills in Singapore. She participates courtesy of the National Arts Council (Singapore), the Singapore International Foundation, The Substation arts center, and other sources.

O Thiam Chin
Singapore
2010 Resident

O Thiam Chin is the author of three collections of stories, [Free-Falling Man] (2006), [Never Been Better] (2009), and [Under The Sun] (2010). His short stories have been featured in Asia Literary Review, Kyoto Journal, The Jakarta Post, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Asia Writes, and in several anthologies. His collection Never Been Better was long-listed for the 2010 Frank O’Conner Short Story Award. His participation is made possible by a grant from the Singapore Arts Council.

Singapore
2011 Resident

Jeremy TIANG  (Singapore, IWP '11) is a fiction writer, translator and playwright. His first novel, State of Emergency, was published in 2017. A story collection, It Never Rains on National Day, was shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize. Tiang's plays have been performed in London and Singapore. The translator of several novels and plays from Chinese into English, Tiang currently lives in New York City. 

TIANG, Jeremy
Singapore
2011 Resident

Jeremy TIANG (fiction writer, playwright, translator; Singapore) has acted in nearly 30 stage, television and film productions. His plays Polyglottalstop (2008), A Dream of Red Pavilions (2008), and godshaped hole (2010) were staged in London, and Operation Opera (2003) in Singapore. His story "Trondheim" won the NAC Golden Point Award. He has led theatre and creative writing workshops, translated plays from the Chinese, and contributed film, theatre, and book reviews to The Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Straits Times, The Arts Magazine, and The Flying Inkpot. Tiang's participation is made possible by a grant from the Singapore National Arts Council.

Stephanie Ye
Singapore
2012 Resident

Stephanie YE (fiction writer; Singapore) has been published in journals such as the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Mascara Literary Review, and Sci-Fi Short Story Magazine. Her first solo publication is a chapbook titled The Billion Shop, published by Math Paper Press in 2012. She has worked as a copyeditor, arts reporter, and book critic for The Straits Times. Ye’s participation was made possible thanks to a grant from the Singapore National Arts Council.

Amanda Lee KOE
Singapore
2013 Resident

Amanda Lee KOE (fiction writer; Singapore) edits fiction at Esquire (Singapore) and the literary journal Ceriph, creative nonfiction for the magazine POSKOD, and is a co-editor of Eastern Heathens, an anthology revisiting Asian folktales. Her first book, Ministry of Moral Panic, will appear later this year.  A communications director at studioKALEIDO, she also teaches creative writing workshops and curates arts exhibitions. Her co-directed documentary, Post-Love, about older people’s sexuality, was screened at festivals in Singapore, Canada, and China; Koe’s work has appeared in Singapore, Germany, Hong Kong, the U.K., and the U.S.  She participates courtesy of the Singapore National Arts Council.

Yeow Kai Chai
Singapore
2014 Resident

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.

Yu-Mei Balasingamchow
Singapore
2015 Resident

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.

Singapore
2016 Resident

TSE Hao Guang  谢皓光 (poet; Singapore) is the author of hyperlinkage (2013) and Deeds of Light (2015); the latter was shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize. He co-edits the literary journal OF ZOOS, is the essays editor of poetry.sg, and is co-editing UnFree Verse, an anthology of Singaporean poetry. He participates courtesy of the Singapore National Arts Council.

Singapore
2016 Resident

Amanah MUSTAFI (screenwriter; Singapore) is a broadcast journalist and TV screenwriter. Her stories and scripts have received multiple awards; the drama Kalimah Terakhir was anthologized in Anugerah Persuratan 2011, a collection of Malay literary award winners selected by the Malay Language Council. Her work has been seen in Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei. She participates courtesy of the Singapore National Arts Council.

Audrey CHIN
Singapore
2017 Resident

Audrey CHIN (fiction writer, non-fiction writer; Singapore) has a PhD in Public Policy and worked in investment banking. Her story collection Nine Cuts was shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize; that same year her novel As the Heart Bones Break was a finalist for the Singapore Book Awards. She is the organizer for the Singapore Ladies Asian Literary Book Group, promoting Asian literature in the community. She participates courtesy of the Singapore National Arts Council.

Singapore
2017 Resident

Sharlene TEO (fiction writer; Singapore) won the Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award for her debut novel Ponti, to be released in 2018 and translated into six languages. She is a PhD student in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and the David TK Wong Fellowship. She participates courtesy of the Singapore National Arts Council.

Singapore
2019 Resident

Clara CHOW  赵燕芬 (fiction, nonfiction, drama; Singapore) is a short story writer, editor, columnist, co-founder of the arts and literature magazine WeAreAWebsite.com, and author of two short story collections. Named among Singapore’s Top 12 Writers to Watch, she won the 2018 Jane Geske Award for her story “Siren (Redux).” Chow participates courtesy of National Arts Council Singapore. 

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