The Second Saturdays
Reading Series 

The Second Saturdays Reading Series is a monthly gathering in New York City for the reading of Singaporean and American literatures. Held in different intimate venues around the city, the readings feature established and emerging writers. We have featured Vijay Seshadri, Monique Truong, James Hannaham, Naomi Novik, Tina Chang, Chinelo Okparanta, Martha Cooley, Dan Feng Tan, Amanda Lee Koe, and Jeremy Tiang, among others. Besides writers, we have also featured other artists, such as singer Phillip Cheah, ceramicist Hong-Ling Wee, filmmaker Kirsten Tan, and chef Kian Lam Kho.

Each gathering begins with a potluck and an open reading. All are welcomed. Please write to Jee Leong Koh at jkoh@singaporeunbound.org for details of the next reading. 

The reading series takes its name from the first gathering of Singaporeans at Paul and Al Rozario-Falcones’ apartment in Brooklyn on February 8, 2014, the second Saturday of the month. The inaugural reading took place the following month in Jee Leong Koh and Guy Humphrey’s home on the Upper West Side.

 

 

 

Current Season
2016—17

Sep   2nd Singapore Literature Festival in NYC
Oct   Dan Feng Tan (translator/editor)
Nov   Claudia Serea and Josh Lefkowitz
Dec   Naomi Novik
Jan    Chinelo Okparanta
Feb    Phillip Cheah (singer/conductor)
Mar   Jason Irwin and Jenny Ashburn
Apr    Sohrab Homi Fracis
May   R. Nemo Hill
Jun    Ann Aptaker

Next Season
2017—18

Sep   Kimberley Lim (editor)
Oct    Andre Naffis-Sahely and Zinzi Clemmons
Nov   Donald Breckenridge
Dec   Dipika Mukherjee
Jan    TBA
Feb    Jeremy Tiang
Mar   Marie Howe
Apr    Akhil Sharma
May   Min Jin Lee
Jun    Jason Wee (editor)


Past Seasons
2015—16

Oct   Kian Lam Kho (chef)
Nov   Naomi Jackson
Dec   Helaine L. Smith
Jan    Jeremy Tiang
Feb    Tina Chang
Mar   Rachel Cantor
Apr    SJ Rozan
May   Sari Wilson
Jun    Gina Apostol

2014—15

Sep    Amanda Lee Koe, Jee Leong Koh, Jeremy Tiang (Starry Island)
Oct    1st Singapore Literature Festival in NYC
Nov   Amanda Lee Koe
Dec    Martha Cooley
Jan     Christine Chia, Damon Chua, Jee Leong Koh, Jeremy Tiang (A Luxury We Cannot Afford)
Feb    Monique Truong
Mar   Kirsten Tan (filmmaker)
Apr    Hong-Ling Wee (ceramicist)
May   James Hannaham
Jun     Patricia Park

2014

Feb    Launch party
Mar   Open Reading
Apr    Vijay Seshadri
May   Joseph Legaspi
Jun   Cheryl Tan, Colin Goh, Damon Chua
(Singapore Noir)
Jul    Naomi Jackson
Aug   Jason Koo