Second Saturdays – Nov 2015

Text and photos by Paul Rozario-Falcone


Second Saturdays last month was its usual food-laden, word-filled, love fest. The open mic portion of the afternoon saw writers Lourdes Bernard, Kimberley Lim, and Jee Leong Koh take to the floor to read their original works. Lourdes read two poems “Purple Crown” and “This Fall Day”; Kimberley also shared two pieces “Laika” and “Pork”; while Jee read “Talking to Koon Meng Who Called Himself Christopher” from his latest collection of poetry Steep Tea.

Following the open mic, featured author Naomi Jackson read from her debut novel The Star Side of Bird Hill (Penguin, 2015), a coming-of-age tale of two sisters spanning Brooklyn and Barbados. An insightful Q&A then followed, in which Jackson spoke of her writing process and how the book has been received. More about the author and the book can be found at




The next Second Saturdays will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2015, and we hope to see new and familiar faces then! If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please contact Jee at or Paul at



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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