Singapore Literature Festival in NYC

It is completely fortuitous that the first birthday of Singapore Poetry coincides with the first-ever Singapore Literature Festival in New York City. When I decided, together with the organizing team, to hold the festival in October, I was not thinking about Singapore Poetry. But here we are, one year after the launch of SP on October 1, 2013, bringing Singapore literature to New Yorkers, not just on-line, but in person. Over the course of three days, 14 Singapore authors will read at various venues around Manhattan, including the 92nd Street Y, NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, Book Culture and McNally Jackson bookshops. For the author bios, please check out the festival website. Come and join the celebrations!

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Generations and Genres (Free and Open to All). Cyril Wong, Haresh Sharma and Verena Tay. Introduced by April Heck.

2:00 – 4:00 pm, NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 W 10th Street (bet. 5th and 6th Avenues), New York, NY

Since 1965, the year of national independence, Singapore literature has developed into a vibrant and diverse corpus of writings. In this reading, writers from different generations read from their work in drama, fiction and poetry, and discuss the growth of the literary tradition. The reading is followed by a book signing, and a reception hosted by Writers House.

 

The Local Cosmopolitan (Opening Party – by invitation). Alvin Pang, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Jason Erik Lundberg, Kirstin Chen and Wena Poon. Introduced by Jason Koo.

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Book Culture Bookstore, 536 W 112th Street (bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY

Can a writer be both cosmopolitan in outlook and local in orientation? Marking the official opening of the festival, this reading showcases work that travels between home and the world. The reading is followed by a book signing and a reception.

Please email info[at]singaporeliteraturefestival.com for invitations.

 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rich Words, Poor Words (Ticketed). Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Joshua Ip and Wena Poon. Introduced by Rohan Kamicheril.

2:00 – 3:00 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY. Event takes place in Warburg Lounge on Ground Floor.

The growing divide between haves and have-nots is of concern around the world. How does language reinforce or bridge this divide? This reading explores the relationship between class, ethnicity and language. The writers will sign books after the reading.

Click to buy tickets to Rich Words, Poor Words

Click to buy an All Day Pass for the three events on October 11

 

The Twenty-First Century Family (Ticketed). Christine Chia, Colin Goh and Kirstin Chen. Introduced by Monique Truong.

3:30 – 4:30 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY. Event takes place in Warburg Lounge on Ground Floor

From extended to nuclear to blended, the modern family is evolving in reaction to enormous social pressures and urgent individual needs. What will the twenty-first century family be like? The writers in this reading respond to the dynamics of this long revolution. The reading is followed by a book signing.

Click to buy tickets to The Twenty-First Century Family

Click to buy an All Day Pass for the three events on October 11

 

The Politics of Love (Ticketed). Cyril Wong, Pooja Nansi and Tania De Rozario. Introduced by Don Weise.

5:00 – 6:00 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY. Event takes place in Warburg Lounge on Ground Floor

Be prepared to get hot under the collar. This reading introduces authors whose writings revolve around love, desire and relationships. The writers will sign books after the reading.

Click to buy tickets to The Politics of Love

Click to buy an All Day Pass for the three events on October 11

 

Book Signing and Mingling (Entry by ticket to one of the 92Y events)

6:00 – 6:30 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY. Event takes place in Warburg Lounge on Ground Floor

Alvin Pang, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Christine Chia, Cyril Wong, Haresh Sharma, Jason Erik Lundberg, Joshua Ip, Kirstin Chen, Pooja Nansi, Tania De Rozario, Verena Tay and Wena Poon

 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Reading Culture (Free and Open to All). Christine Chia, Joshua Ip, Jason Erik Lundberg, Verena Tay and Yen Yen Woo. Introduced by Tim Tomlinson.

2:00 – 4:00 pm, Book Culture Bookstore, 536 W 112th Street (bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY

Books are mostly read in private. The sharing of books, however, builds reading communities. Through reviewing, re-imagining and re-telling, we become citizens of a republic of letters. Reading itself becomes the focus of this reading by writers deeply concerned with this most solitary of social actions. The writers will sign books after the reading.

 

Encore (Closing Party – by invitation). Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Christine Chia, Cyril Wong, Haresh Sharma, Jason Erik Lundberg, Joshua Ip, Pooja Nansi, Tania De Rozario, Verena Tay and Wena Poon.

7:00 – 9:00 pm, McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince Street (bet. Lafayette and Mulberry Streets), New York, NY

Literature has its roots in the oral tradition, in song, gossip, lullaby, and prayer. This reading returns the written word to its magical, hopeful and inspirational spoken origins. The reading is followed by a book signing and a reception.

Please email info[at]singaporeliteraturefestival.com for invitations.

 

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About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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