A talk by Koh Jee Leong given at the “IPS-SAM Spotlight on Cultural Policy Series Eight: Roundtable on Making Friends and Influencing People: The Art of Cultural Diplomacy,” Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, July 5th, 2019.
Theophilus Quek reviews Jericho Brown’s The Tradition (USA: Copper Canyon Press, 2019).
Prasanthi Ram reviews Mean by Myriam Gurba (USA: Coffee House Press, 2017).
We are very excited to announce the results of the 5th Singapore Poetry Contest. Enjoy the winning poems.
Joanne Leow reviews Las Vegas in Singapore: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity by Lee Kah-Wee (Singapore: NUS Press, 2019).
Jini Kim Watson interviews Jeremy Tiang, winner of the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize.
Ng Yi-Sheng reviews The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart by R. Zamora Linmark (USA: Delacorte Press, 2019).
Samantha Neugebauer reviews Marylyn Tan’s Gaze Back (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2019).
Essay on abortion from an Indian perspective by Ranjani Rao. Artwork by Jessica Witte.
Kyle Callert reviews An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim (USA: Simon and Schuster, 2018).
Prasanthi Ram reviews Sharmila Sen’s Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America (USA: Penguin, 2018).
An excerpt from the memoir Kampong Boy by M Ravi.
Kendrick Loo reviews The Psyche Trials by Stephanie Laterza (USA: Finishing Line Press, 2019).
Ranjani Rao reviews Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li (USA: Random House, 2017).
Stewart Dorward reviews Ovidia Yu’s The Frangipani Tree Mystery (USA: Constable, 2017).
Cyril Wong interviews Jason Erik Lundberg about his latest novel, Diary of One Who Disappeared (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2019).
Brian Haman reviews 17A Keong Saik Road by Charmaine Leung (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2017).
Samantha Neugebauer reviews Jing-Jing Lee’s How We Disappeared (USA: Hanover Square Press, 2019).
AWP Talk by Laurel Fantauzzo on “Innovations in Southeast Asian Narratives.”
AWP Talk by Alfian Sa’at on “Innovations in Southeast Asian Narratives.”
SP Blog seeks the best poetry, literary fiction, and non-fiction written in English by authors who identify as Asian. We also publish reviews of American books by Singaporeans and vice versa. We pay USD25 for an original poem, short story, or non-fiction work, and USD50 for a book review. Submit 3-5 poems/flash fictions or 1 short story, with a brief cover letter, in PDF or MS Word format, to Jee at email@example.com.
To see what original work we like, read Kaustuv Ghosh’s poems and Stephanie Ye’s short story “Cardiff.” For book reviews, read Helaine L. Smith’s review of Shirley Geok-Lin Lim and Eric Norris’s review of Wena Poon. They have different styles, but they are both opinionated, specific, and pleasurable to read. If you are new to SP Blog, please inquire first with a published sample before sending us a review.
SP Blog, formerly Singapore Poetry, is our arts, culture, and politics blog. It began life on October 15, 2013, as an independent website and rapidly attracted a following. On September 30, 2016, it became the official blog of Singapore Unbound.
Every April, we hold The Singapore Poetry Contest, for which poetry submissions are sought from non-Singaporeans. The only requirement for submissions is that they include the word “Singapore.” They can, otherwise, be on any theme. Our annual round-up “My Book of the Year” seeks the opinions of a wide cross-section of Singapore’s artistic and scholarly community.
We are always looking for excellent creative and critical writing. Although we are primarily a literary blog, we are also very interested in the visual arts, including film and TV, and in music and theater. For enquiries, write to Jee at jkoh@singaporeunbound.