Christina Newhard reviews Timothy and the Phubbers by Ken Kwek (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2018. Middle Grade, ages 8-12, and up).
Jee Leong Koh on the late Justin Chin's poetry and prose.
Singapore Poetry’s “Special Focus” series highlights the writings of the late Justin Chin.
Deven Philbrick reviews The Infinite Library and Other Stories by Victor Fernando R. Ocampo (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2017).
An interview with Singapore-based Indian artist, Shubigi Rao.
Eric Norris reviews Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asia Speculative Fiction, Issue #6, edited by Jason Erik Lundberg, Kristine Ong Muslim, and Adan Jimenez (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016)
A poem by Boey Kim Cheng from his collection Clear Brightness (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2012).
YZ Chin reviews Crystal Hana Kim’s novel If You Leave Me (USA: Harper Collins, August 7, 2018).
Singapore Poetry interviews Jamie Uy, co-founder and co-editor of the journal Parallel Ink.
Sheela Jane Menon on the politics of expanding the definition of Malaysian literature.
First SU Fellow (New York) Nur Sabrina bte Dzulkifli writes about her residency in NYC.
Diane Josefowicz reviews Grace Chia’s Every Moving Thing That Lives Shall Become Food (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2016).
Cyril Wong reviews Sohrab Homi Fracis’ Go Home (L.A., U.S.A.: Knut House Press, 2016).
Eric Norris reviews Giving Ground by Theophilus Kwek (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2016)
Self-interview with US-based Singaporean travel show hosts Elizabeth Lazan and Jeane Reveendran who journeyed cross-country to discover Chinese-Fusion food in America.
SP interviews Sebastian Sim, the winner of Singapore’s Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2017 for The Riot Act.
Gaudy Boy celebrated the release of Alfian Sa'at's Malay Sketches at Book Culture in NYC.
Ian Tan reviews Greg Hewett’s Blindsight (USA: Coffee House Press, 2016)
Under the new Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Act, Singaporeans will find it even more difficult to mount a solidarity protest like March for Our Lives.
Singapore Poetry, or SP, is our arts and news blog focusing on all things poetic about Singapore and beyond. 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.
SP publishes new works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and criticism, as well as Editor’s Picks from published works. The “Special Focus” series trains its sights on the work of a major Singaporean writer. In the first series, we looked at the gardening poems of Leong Liew Geok, reprinted with photographs of her private garden provided by the author. The second series focused on the work of the San Francisco writer Justin Chin, born and raised in Malaysia and Singapore.
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.
We are keenly interested in the relationship between literature and the other arts. To explore these connections, SP runs features, interviews, and criticism of Singaporean artists working in theater, performance, dance, design, film, and visual arts. Our annual round-up “My Book of the Year” seeks the opinions of a wide cross-section of the artistic and scholarly community.
It is our hope to cultivate intellectual dialogue not just among Singaporeans, but also between Singaporeans and the wider world. To that end, we publish reviews by Singaporeans of American books and vice versa. Payment is USD50 for a review of 1500 – 2000 words. To get a sense of what we like, read Helaine L. Smith’s review of Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Eric Norris’s review of Wena Poon, and Cyril Wong’s review of Jennifer Tseng and Timothy Yu. They have different styles, but they are all opinionated, specific, and pleasurable to read. If you are new to SP, please inquire first with a published sample before sending us a review.
We are always looking for excellent creative and critical writing. For enquiries, write to Jee at jkoh@singaporeunbound.