Take Out, Take Home

“Take Out, Take Home: Footloose Writers on Food and the Sense of Belonging” is the literary arts event of Something To Write Home About, a Singapore arts festival organized wholly by volunteers in New York City to celebrate Singapore’s 50th year of independence. This Sunday, September 13, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, come to NYU’s Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square South) to hear and engage with the most distinctive literary voices coming out of Singapore.

Writers featured include Jee Leong Koh (Author of The Pillow Book and Steep Tea), Amanda Lee Koe (Fiction Editor of Esquire Singapore, Author of Ministry of Moral Panic), Jeremy Tiang (Author of It Never Rains on National Day, Playwright of A Dream of Red Pavilions), Yen Yen Woo and Colin Goh (Pioneers of TalkingCock.com, Creators of Singapore Dreaming and Dim Sum Warriors).

The event is free and open to the public. It concludes a full-day Symposium on Singapore Studies in the same venue. In the symposium, scholars, writers, and arts practitioners will speak on the state of Singaporean society and the arts.

Read the authors’ works before meeting them:

Jee Leong Koh, poem “Eve’s Fault”

Amanda Lee Koe, short story “Panda Cunt, Bear Gall”

Jeremy Tiang, short story “Sophia’s Honeymoon”

Yen Yen Woo, spoken word “Mother Tongue”



Jee Leong Koh, poet and essayist



Amanda Lee Koe, fiction writer and editor



Jeremy Tiang, fiction writer and playwright



Yen Yen Woo and Colin Goh, writers, filmmakers and graphic novelists


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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