Yu-Mei Balasingamchow is a writer and editor. Her scholarly work Singapore: A Biography, co-authored with Mark Ravinder Frost, received a gold prize at the 2010 Asia Pacific Publishers Association Awards and was named a 2010 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Her short fiction was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014. She is compiling In Transit, an anthology of Singaporean writing on airports and air travel, and completing her first novel, with funding from Singapore’s National Arts Council.
Kim Cheng Boey was born in Singapore and now teaches creative writing at the University of Newcastle in Australia. In 1989, his debut collection of poetry, Somewhere-Bound, won the National Book Development Council of Singapore Book Award. His collection Another Place received a Commendation Award, and Days of No Name a Merit Award in the Singapore Literature Prize competition. His other books include Between Stations, a collection of personal essays.
Shelly Bryant is a teacher, writer, researcher, and translator. She is the author of four volumes of poetry and two travel guides; the translator of Sheng Keyi’s novel Northern Girls and Chew Kok Chang’s short-story collection Other Cities, Other Lives; and the editor of a collection of speculative poetry, A Demon in My View.
Grace Chua is a journalist with the Straits Times. Her poems have been published in such journals as Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Softblow, and anthologized in From Boys To Men. Her first collection of poetry, The Stamp Collector’s Wife, was published in 2010.
Dan Ying was born in Perak and educated in Malaysia, Taiwan, and the United States; she has lived in Singapore since the seventies. She is the author of five volumes of poetry, including Poems of Taiji and Time Passing Through My Hair. Her literary prizes include two National Book Development Council of Singapore Awards for poetry, the 1995 Southeast Asian Write Award, and the 1996 Cultural Medallion. She is a founding member of the May Poetry Society.
Jeffrey Greene is the author of four poetry collections, a memoir, and two nature books. A collection of his poems, dialogues, and prose pieces, Shades of the Other Shore, was published in 2013. A third nature book, on wild edibles, is forthcoming in 2015. He directs creative writing at the American University of Paris and teaches in the Pan-European MFA program.
Philip Jeyaretnam is a fiction writer and a lawyer. His novel First Loves, published in Singapore in 1987, was a bestseller on Singapore’s Sunday Times book list. His other books include Raffles Place Ragtime, Abraham’s Promise, and Tigers in Paradise. He received Young Artist of the Year and Southeast Asian Write awards.
Khoo Seok Wan was a literary scholar, poet, education reformist, and political activist in revolutionary China; he was also a community leader in Singapore. He produced over a thousand poems, as well as various articles about Chinese literature and politics. He passed away in 1941, and was buried in Bukit Brown Cemetery in Singapore. All of his poems in this issue of Mānoa are from “Khoo Seok Wan: Poet and Reformist,” an exhibition organized by the Singapore National Library Board.
Amanda Lee Koe is a fiction writer whose books include Eastern Heathens and a forthcoming collection of short stories, Ministry of Moral Panic. She is the fiction editor of Esquire Singapore, communications director at studioKALEIDO, editor of the creative nonfiction online magazine POSKOD, and co-editor of the literary journal Ceriph.
Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems, including Seven Studies for a Self Portrait. His poetry has appeared in such journals as PN Review, Drunken Boat, Axon, and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, and has been anthologized in New Poetries V and Villanelles. Born in Singapore, he lives in New York City, where he writes a blog and curates the website Singapore Poetry.
Desmond Kon is a former journalist who has traveled to Australia, France, Hong Kong, and Spain to research his fiction. His books include The Arbitrary Sign, I Didn’t Know Mani Was a Conceptualist, and Top Ten TCS Stars. The founding editor of Squircle Line Press, he has edited over ten books, co-produced three audio books, and received the PEN American Center Shorts Prize, among other awards.
Karen Kwek read English Language and Literature at Oxford University after obtaining a master’s degree in literature (Renaissance). She was given the 2011 Singapore Press Holdings-National Art Council Golden Point Award for an English-language short story.
Shirley Geok-lin Lim has published seven poetry collections; three books of short stories; two novels; a children’s novel, Princess Shawl (translated into Chinese); and The Shirley Lim Collection. Her memoir, Among the White Moon Faces, received the American Book Award, and her collection of poetry Crossing the Peninsula received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
Julia C. Lin was Emeritus Professor of English, Ohio University, where she taught English and Asian literature. Her publications include Modern Chinese Poetry: An Introduction (1972), Essays on Contemorary Chinese Poetry (1985), and Women of the Red Plain: An Anthology of Chinese Women’s Poetry in Modern China (1993).
Nicholas Liu is the author of the chapbook Failure to Apply the Method. He is studying law at the Singapore Management University.
Jason Erik Lundberg is the author of several books of the fantastic and more than a hundred short stories, articles, and book reviews, as well as a children’s picture-book series. He is the founding editor of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction and the series editor for the Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories.
Christopher Mooney-Singh is Australian-born and has lived in India, Singapore, and Malaysia. He founded and directs Word Forward, a literary arts company; the Writers Centre in Singapore; and Lit Up, a Singapore arts festival.
Eleanor Neo is a literature graduate and teacher. She has written short stories and dramatic pieces for Ceriph, The Ayam Curtain, the NUS Arts Festival, and the Singapore Arts Festival.
Ng Yi-Sheng is a poet and playwright. His books include the poetry collection last boy and SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century, a documentary on gay, lesbian, and bisexual Singaporeans. His plays include Serve, Snake, Redhill Blues, and Hungry.
O Thiam Chin has published several collections of short fiction, including Free-Falling Man, Never Been Better, Under the Sun, and The Rest of Your Life and Everything That Comes with It. His fiction has been published in such journals as World Literature Today and the International Literary Quarterly.
Wena Poon is the author of eight books of fiction. Her stories have been produced on the London stage, serialized on BBC Radio 4, and anthologized and translated into French, Italian, and Chinese. She won the UK’s Willesden Herald Prize for best short fiction. She practices law in Austin, Texas.
Alfian Sa’at is a poet, a fiction writer, and the resident playwright of W!LD RICE. His plays have been translated into German, Swedish, and Danish and been read and performed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich, Munich, Melbourne, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. He has been nominated for the Life! Theatre Awards for Best Original Script seven times, and has received the award twice.
Fiona Sze-Lorrain is a poet, editor, and translator in English, French, and Chinese. Her most recent book of translations is Canyon in the Body (2014), a collection of poems by Lan Lan. Her books of poetry are Water the Moon (2010) and My Funeral Gondola (2013). She is an editor at Vif Éditions. She lives in Paris, France, and also works as a zheng harpist.
Jeremy Tiang is a fiction writer, playwright, and translator. He has translated three novels from Chinese—The Promise Bird by Zhang Yueran, Unrest by Yeng Pway Ngon, and Islands of Silence by Su Wei-chen—as well as short stories and plays. In 2011, he represented Singapore at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, and in 2013 he was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant.
Toh Hsien Min has published two collections of poetry, Iambus and The Enclosure of Love. His work has also appeared in such periodicals as the London Review of Books. He is founding editor of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, recipient of the Shell National Arts Council Scholarship, and organizer of Singapore’s first international poetry festival, Wordfeast.
Wang Xinlei is a writer and photographer for That’s Shanghai, a major Shanghai-based lifestyle magazine produced for expatriates; a photo contributor to CNN’s Asian site; and a freelancer for the Wall Street Journal and the American Lawyer.
Cyril Wong is a poet and fiction writer. His poetry collections include Unmarked Treasure and Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light. His poems have been anthologized in Language for a New Century and Chinese Erotic Poems. He is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award for Literature and the Singapore Literature Prize.
Wong Yoon Wah is a poet whose books include The New Village, Tropical Jungle and the British Colony, The Myth of Global Village, and a volume of selected poems. He has received the Singapore Literature Prize, Thailand’s Southeast Asian Write Award, Singapore’s Cultural Medallion, and the ASEAN Cultural Award. Growing up during the Malayan Emergency, he spent most of his childhood in a New Village, built by the British.
Jerrold Yam is a poet whose books include Scattered Vertebrae and Chasing Curtained Suns. He has been awarded poetry prizes by the British Council and National University of Singapore. He is a law undergraduate at University College London.