Anne Carly Abad (L3) recently placed in the Diogen Autumn Contest for Haiku, Senryu, Tanka & Haiga. Her work has appeared or will appear in Dreams & Nightmares, Strange Horizons, and Ares Magazine.
Jonel Abellanosa (L6) is the author of a chapbook, Pictures of the Floating World (2014). His speculative poetry has appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, Star*Line, Liquid Imagination, Inkscrawl, Inwood Indiana Press and Eye to the Telescope, as well as the 2015 Dwarf Stars anthology. He is working on two full-length collections, Multiverse and 100 Acrostic Poems, and currently resides in Cebu City.
Tilde (A. Regalado) Acuña (L8) has been published in Kritika Kultura, Likhaan, Tomas, UP Forum, Philippines Free Press, Ani, Pingkian, High Chair, hal., Literary Apprentice, Bulatlat, and other places. He was awarded with four fellowships to national writing workshops in creative and critical writing in 2016, and is a graduate student and research associate at the University of the Philippines.
Dean Francis Alfar (L3, L8–L10) is a playwright, an anthologist, and the author of the novel Salamanca (2007) and three collections of short fiction—The Kite of Stars (2007), How to Traverse Terra Incognita (2012) and A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila (2015). His literary awards include ten Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature—including the Grand Prize for the Novel for Salamanca—as well as the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Awards for the graphic novels Siglo: Freedom (2003) and Siglo: Passion (2005), the Philippines Free Press Literary Award, and the Gintong Aklat Award. He lives in Manila with his wife, award-winning fictionist Nikki Alfar, and their daughters Sage and Rowan.
Nikki Alfar (L3) is the author of fiction collections Now, Then, and Elsewhen (2013) and WonderLust (2014), and winner of two back-to-back Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Awards, two Bewildering Stories Mariner Awards, and three Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. She has edited many volumes in the critically acclaimed annual anthology series Philippine Speculative Fiction, as well as The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005–2010 (2013) and the Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler. When she isn’t fighting fires 7,000 feet in mid-air or killing snakes with a flip-flop, she folds origami compulsively, smokes like a chimney, and tries to cook ever more imaginative suppers for her husband Dean and their daughters Sage and Rowan.
Arlene Ang (L3) is the author of the poetry collections Secret Love Poems (2007), Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon (2008, with Valerie Fox), and Seeing Birds in Church Is a Kind of Adieu (2010). Her poems have appeared in Ambit, Caketrain, Diagram, Poetry Ireland, Poet Lore, Rattle, Salt Hill and the Best of the Web anthologies 2008 and 2009 from Dzanc Books. Born in Manila, she now lives in Spinea, Italy, where she designs books for Texture Press and serves as staff editor for The Pedestal Magazine.
Ang Si Min (L1, L2, L6) is easily identifiable as the tall one, sometimes mistaken to be male. Dabbles in linguistics, history, physics and archeology. Terribly geeky, and frequently distracted by the conversations in her head. Dreams of travelling in a blue box. Amateur writer, long-time cross-stitcher. Intently learning human social interactions, though maybe not quite there yet.
Paolo Bacigalupi (L1, L4) is the author of Pump Six and Other Stories (2008), The Windup Girl (2009), Ship Breaker (2010), The Drowned Cities (2012), Zombie Baseball Beatdown (2013), The Doubt Factory (2014) and The Water Knife (2015). He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Compton Crook, Theodore Sturgeon, Seiun, Locus, John W. Campbell Memorial and Michael L. Printz Awards, and was nominated for the National Book Award.
Kajo Baldisimo (L6) co-created with writer Budjette Tan the hit comic book series Trese, as well as NWA, which features a Filipino superhero universe set primarily in the city of Makati. He recently made his break in the international comic book scene with The Defuser, a comic based on Stan Lee’s reality TV show Who Wants To Be A Super-Hero?, followed by a stint on Star Wars Legacy (both published by Dark Horse Comics). He sets out to make more comic books (mainstream and indie) for the next 100 (or so) years.
Shelly Bryant (L2) divides her time between Shanghai and Singapore, working as a poet, writer, and translator. She is the author of seven volumes of poetry (Alban Lake and Math Paper Press), a pair of travel guides for the cities of Suzhou and Shanghai (Urbanatomy), and a book on classical Chinese gardens (Hong Kong University Press). She has translated work from the Chinese for Penguin Books, Epigram Books, the National Library Board of Singapore, Giramondo Books and Rinchen Books. Shelly’s poetry has appeared in journals, magazines, and websites around the world, as well as in several art exhibitions. Her translation of Sheng Keyi’s Northern Girls was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2012, and her translation of You Jin’s In Time, Out of Place was shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize for English Non-Fiction.
John Burdett (L2) practiced law for fourteen years in London and Hong Kong until he was able to retire to write full time. He is the author of a number of books, including the bestselling supernatural crime series about Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep: Bangkok 8 (2003), Bangkok Tattoo (2006), Bangkok Haunts (2007), The Godfather of Kathmandu (2010), Vulture Peak (2012) and The Bangkok Asset (2015).
Wilfred Cabrera (L8) is a video game enthusiast who works full-time as a copy editor. He graduated with a degree in Literature from De La Salle University, where he is currently an MFA Creative Writing student. He lives in Metro Manila.
Bernise Carolino (L8) is a law student and an aspiring visual novelist. Her short stories have been published in Anomalous Press and Penduline Press, and she swears that someday they’ll find their way into a surreal and blackly humorous collection. She writes colour poems when she procrastinates. No horror film is too hard-core for her twisted tastes. She lives in Marikina City, Philippines.
Jennifer Anne Champion (L6) is a performance poet and the author of two collections, A History of Clocks (2015) and Caterwaul (2016). She has been described by Juice Magazine as gifted with “swift, animated style”, and is a strong voice in Singapore spoken word. She also serves as multimedia editor for poetry.sg, an online archive and home for Singaporean poetry. Jennifer has also performed her work internationally, including in Edinburgh and Israel.
Eliza Chan (L2) writes about East Asian mythology, British folklore and madwomen in the attic, but preferably all three at once. She lived in Scotland, Japan and Vietnam before settling for England as her current home. Her fiction has been published in Fantasy Magazine, Holdfast and the Fox Spirit anthology Winter Tales. She is currently writing an urban fantasy novel, alongside working as a Speech and Language Therapist and completing a Master’s. When not in front of a screen, Eliza can be found playing board games and cosplaying.
Andrew Cheah (L4) writes short stories when he feels a single sentence is not enough. His writing has been published in Fish Eats Lion (2012) and GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singapore Prose and Poetry (2010); other stories can be found at andrewcheah22.wordpress.com. He was a prose mentee for the 2014 Ceriph Mentorship Programme.
Benjamin Chee (L5) got hooked on drawing comics after participating in 24-Hour Comics Day. His short piece, “Let Me See the Giant Fall”, made its way into the anthology Liquid City, Volume 3 (2014), and he is the creator of Charsiew Space, an online gallery.
Paolo Chikiamco (L1) runs Rocket Kapre, an imprint and blog (rocketkapre.com) dedicated to publishing and promoting works of the fantastic by Filipino authors. Once an associate at a top Philippine law firm, he came to realise that while fact is often stranger than fiction, it’s not quite as creatively fulfilling. He is the editor of Alternative Alamat (Flipside, 2011), and is a writer for prose and comics. His fiction has been published in venues such as Scheherazade’s Façade, Philippine Genre Stories, Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, Lauriat, and the Philippine Speculative Fiction series.
Elvin Ching (L7) is an illustrator and storyboard artist whose short stories have been published in the Eisner-nominated Image Comics anthology series Liquid City (Volumes 2 & 3); his art has also been featured in various ads, portals, projects and events for McDonald’s, Kult Magazine, Animax x OIC Manga Exhibition and the Pangu series of children’s comics (P3 Publishers). He was commissioned by Disney Singapore to illustrate a set of promotional trading cards (Avengers vs Ultron) for distribution at the Thailand Toy Expo 2015 in Bangkok. He also illustrated the six-page comic “Badang” for Singapore’s 51st National Day celebration, and is currently penciling pages for the indie comic book limited series The Drift, written by Kelly Bender.
Zen Cho (L1, L7) is the author of the Crawford Award-winning short story collection Spirits Abroad (2014), and editor of Cyberpunk: Malaysia (2015), both published by Buku Fixi. She has been nominated for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Pushcart Prize, and honour-listed for the Carl Brandon Society Awards, for her short fiction. Her celebrated debut novel Sorcerer to the Crown (2015) is the first in a historical fantasy trilogy published by Ace/Roc Books (US) and Pan Macmillan (UK and Commonwealth). She was a member of the Cambridge University Lion Dance Troupe from 2006 to 2008, and currently lives in London.
Clara Chow (L8) is the author of short story collection Dream Storeys (2016). A former correspondent with The Straits Times, and contributor to the South China Morning Post, she also co-founded the literary and art journal We Are a Website.
Vida Cruz (L7) attended the 2014 Clarion Writers Workshop in San Diego. Her fiction has been published in Expanded Horizons and the anthologies Philippine Speculative Fiction 9 and Phantazein. A journalist once upon a time, she now works in education; reviews books, movies, and comics on her blog; and is a submissions editor for Uncanny Magazine. She also lives in Manila with six dogs and loves the colour purple.
Tania De Rozario (L5) is an artist, writer and curator. She is the author of And the Walls Come Crumbling Down (2016) and Tender Delirium (2013, shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize for English Poetry), and winner of the 2011 SPH-NAC Golden Point Award for English Poetry. She runs EtiquetteSG, a platform focused on developing and showcasing art, writing, film and music made by women, and is an Associate Artist with The Substation (Singapore). Her visual art has been showcased in Singapore, London, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Spain; her writing can be found in journals and anthologies such as Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Blue Lyra Review, Softblow, Prairie Schooner Online Journal, Sante Fe Writers Project and Stories in The End, and at TaniaDeRozario.com.
Melissa De Silva (L7) has enjoyed a career in magazine journalism in Singapore. She has had short stories published in The Wilderness House Literary Review, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She writes about Eurasian identity and culture and is working on a novel on that subject.
Michael Gray (L4), winner of a 2012 AWP Intro Journals Project Award and the 2013 Hot Street Emerging Writers Contest, was nominated for Best New Poets 2014 and named a finalist in the 2013 Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Competition and The Lit Pub’s 1st Annual Poetry Contest. His translations of Yau Ching appear in Shadow Beings (2014). Other work appears in Hot Street, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Poetry East West, Puerto del Sol, theNewerYork, and forthcoming in Fence and elsewhere.
Kawika Guillermo (L5) has been published in The Hawai’i Pacific Review, Drunken Boat, Feminist Studies, and Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism & Beyond. He’s a cultural studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and his scholarship is published or forthcoming in American Quarterly, Games and Culture, M.E.L.U.S. (Multi-ethnic Literatures of the United States), and the anthology Queer Sex Work.
Joses Ho (L4) is a neuroscientist by training. Originally from and currently based in Singapore, he has studied and worked in the US, the UK and the Netherlands. His fiction can be found in the anthology Nature Futures 2 (2014), and his poetry has been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore.
Russ Hoe (L6, L7) is a Mass Communications diploma graduate from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and an aspiring writer of prose and poetry. He is currently serving his full-time National Service whilst juggling heavy commitments to reading, watching television to identify tropes, playing board games, and not being athletic in general. His favourite authors include Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman and Oscar Wilde.
Judith Huang (L8) is a Singaporean writer, translator and editor currently living in Beijing. A recipient of the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award in 2001, 2003 and 2004, her writing has been published in journals and anthologies at home and abroad, including Prairie Schooner, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Loreli China, Ceriph, Stylus and the Harvard Advocate. She graduated from Harvard University in 2010, and is a member of the Signet Society of Arts and Letters.
Sabrina Huang (L3) is the author of the story collections Fallen Xiao Luren (2001) and Eight Flowers Bloom, Nine Seams Split (2005) (both published under the pen name Jiu Jiu), and Welcome to the Dollhouse (2012). Her work often addresses the theme of alienation as experienced by those in the lower classes of society. She has won virtually every short story prize in Taiwan, including the China Times Literary Award and the United Daily Literary Award.
Joel Donato Jacob (L5), aka Cupkeyk, is a member of Linangan ng Imahen, Retorika at Anyo, the Philippines’ longest standing literary organisation. He hikes up at least one mountain a month and plays role-playing games or board games with friends weekly. He is an advocate of reproductive health, ethical veganism and fitness.
Michael Janairo (L8) is a former newspaper columnist and editor who now works at a museum in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife, son and dog. His writing has been published in various journals and anthologies, including Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, Star*Line, Eye to the Telescope, Kartika Review, Maganda Magazine, Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice and The Abiko Quarterly. His family name is pronounced “ha NIGH row”.
Adan Jimenez (Comics Editor) was born in the San Joaquin Valley in California to Mexican immigrant parents, and became an immigrant himself when he moved to Singapore after completing his studies at New York University. He has worked for comic book stores, book stores, and gaming stores. And a hoagie sandwich shop once. He loves comics, LEGOs, books, games (analogue and video), Doctor Who, sandwiches, and his wife Felicia (not necessarily in that order). His writing has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines, and he is the co-author of the ongoing Sherlock Sam middle-grade detective series, published by Epigram Books in Singapore and Andrews McMeel Publishing in the US.
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé (L4, L6–L8) is the author of an epistolary novel, a hybrid work, a neo-noir proem suite, and six poetry collections. Founding editor of Squircle Line Press, Desmond has edited over fifteen books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organisations. Trained in publishing at Stanford, with a world religions Master’s from Harvard and creative writing Master’s from Notre Dame, his honours include the PEN American Center Shorts Prize, Poetry World Cup, Beverly Hills International Book Award, Living Now Book Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, and USA Regional Excellence Book Award.
Eka Kurniawan (L6) was born in Tasikmalaya in 1975 and completed his studies in the Faculty of Philosophy at Gadjah Mada University. He has been described as the “brightest meteorite” in Indonesia’s new literary firmament, the author of two remarkable novels which have brought comparisons to Salman Rushdie, Gabriel García Márquez and Mark Twain; the English translations of these novels were both published in 2015—Man Tiger by Verso Books, and Beauty is a Wound by New Directions in North America and Text Publishing in Australia. Kurniawan has also written movie scripts, a graphic novel, essays on literature and two collections of short stories. He currently resides in Jakarta.
Lee Jing-Jing (L5) is the author of a novel, If I Could Tell You (2013), and a poetry collection, And Other Rivers (2015). Her poems have been published in Ceriph, Poetry Quarterly, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Moving Words 2011: A Poetry Anthology. In 2011, she gained a Master’s of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. She now lives in Amsterdam with her husband and is working on her second book of fiction.
Amanda Lee Koe (L5) is the author of Ministry of Moral Panic (Epigram Books, 2013), winner of the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize for English Fiction and 2016 Singapore Book Award for Best Fiction. She is also the fiction editor of Esquire (Singapore), a 2013 Honorary Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and a 2016 recipient of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. With Ng Yi-Sheng, she spearheaded and co-edited Eastern Heathens, an anthology subverting Asian folklore. Her writing has been published in seven countries. Based between Singapore and New York, she is working on her first novel.
Daryl WJ Lim (L5) is particularly interested in the literary uses of history. His work has appeared in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Ceriph, Drunken Boat and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. His poems are featured in two anthologies published in 2014: A Luxury We Cannot Afford and SingPoWriMo: The Anthology.
Ken Liu (L6) is the author of The Grace of Kings (2015), The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016) and The Wall of Storms (2016), and the editor and translator of Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation (2016). His stories have appeared in numerous places, including F&SF, Asimov’s, Analog, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld and The Year’s Best SF. His short story “The Paper Menagerie” is the first work of fiction of any length to win the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. His English translation of Liu Cixin’s novel The Three-Body Problem (2014) won the 2015 Hugo Award, and was shortlisted for the Nebula, Prometheus, Locus and John W. Campbell Awards.
Jason Erik Lundberg (Founding Editor) was born in New York, grew up in North Carolina, and has lived in Singapore since 2007. He is the author and anthologist of over twenty books, including Red Dot Irreal (2011), The Alchemy of Happiness (2012), Fish Eats Lion (2012), Strange Mammals (2013), Embracing the Strange (2013), Carol the Coral (2016), the six-book Bo Bo and Cha Cha children’s picture book series (2012–2015), and the biennial Best New Singaporean Short Stories anthology series (2013, 2015). He is also a recipient of the Creation Grant from Singapore’s National Arts Council. His writing has been shortlisted for the SLF Fountain Award, Brenda L. Smart Award for Short Fiction, SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Award and POPULAR Readers’ Choice Award, and honorably mentioned twice in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.
Brandon Marlon (L7) received his BA in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his MA in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and has been published in more than 100 publications in Canada, USA, England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Romania, Israel, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, Trinidad and Mexico.
Manish Melwani (L7) attended the Clarion Writers’ Workshop in 2014, and currently lives in New York, where he daydreams about wearing flip-flops and eating satay. He’s working on a space opera novel and can be found (mostly lurking) online at ManishMelwani.com.
Chris Mooney-Singh (L1) has been published in The Best of South-East Asian Erotica, The Best of Singapore Erotica, Love and Lust in Singapore and Crime Search: Singapore. His recent poetry collection The Bearded Chameleon (2011) explores cultural adoption as a convert to Sikhism. The Laughing Buddha Cab Company (2007) looks at Asia through a series of taxi rides. Two short plays were produced for the Singapore Short and Sweet festival in 2008 and 2009. A permanent resident of Singapore, he recently gained a PhD in Creative Writing from Monash University, Melbourne.
Massimo Morello (L5) is an Italian journalist born in the year of the ox. After travelling around the world, mainly to the rainforests, he now focuses his work on Southeast Asia and has settled in Bangkok, in a house on the Chao Phraya River. He writes geopolitical, cultural and travel reports for a number of major Italian newspapers. He is also the author of travel books, and is now working on a collection of short stories, called Conrad and the Catfish.
Kristine Ong Muslim (Poetry Editor) is the author of eight books of fiction and poetry: Age of Blight (2016), Butterfly Dream (2016), Meditations of a Beast (2016), Black Arcadia (2016), Lifeboat (2016), Grim Series (2012), We Bury the Landscape (2012), and A Roomful of Machines (2015). Her poetry collection, Grim Series, was included in the preliminary ballot of the Horror Writers Association’s 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Poetry, and was twice nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Elgin Award. Her tiny tales were part of The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2012 (selected by Dan Chaon) and the storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2011. Her poems and short stories have garnered multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web (Dzanc Books), Best of the Net (Sundress Publications), and the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Dwarf Stars Award and Rhysling Award.
EC Myers (L2) was assembled from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and a public library in Yonkers, New York. He has published short fiction in a variety of print and online magazines and anthologies, and his young adult novels, Fair Coin (2012, winner of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy), Quantum Coin (2012) and The Silence of Six (2014), are available from Pyr and Adaptive Books. He currently lives with his wife, son and a doofy cat in Pennsylvania and shares way too much information about his personal life on Twitter at @ecmyers.
TR Napper (L7) has been published in Asimov’s, Interzone, Grimdark, and anthologies such as Hear Me Roar (2015), Writers of the Future: Volume 31 (2015) and Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction (2014). He is also an aid worker and has spent the past decade working and living throughout Southeast Asia. Currently he lives in Vietnam.
Subashini Navaratnam (L7) lives in Kuala Lumpur, and has published poetry in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Poetika Malaysia, Aesthetix and Sein und Werden. Her writings on books have appeared in The Star (Malaysia), Pop Matters and Full Stop, and she has published nonfiction in the MPH anthology Sini Sana and the Buku Fixi ebook Semangkuk INTERLOK.
Ng Yi-Sheng (L4–L6) is a poet, fictionist, playwright, journalist and activist. He is the second-youngest winner of the Singapore Literature Prize, which he received for his debut poetry collection, last boy (2006). His other publications include a compilation of his best spoken-word pieces, Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience (2016), the bestselling non-fiction book, SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century (2006), and a novelisation of the Singapore gangster movie, Eating Air (2008). He also co-edited GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry and Prose (2010) and Eastern Heathens: An Anthology of Subverted Asian Folklore (2013). He recently completed his MA from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing programme.
Elka Ray Nguyen (L1) is the author of one novel, Hanoi Jane (2011), as well as three new titles in 2016: Saigon Dark, about a mother’s love and its terrible consequences; What You Don’t Know, tales of murder, mystery and obsession in Southeast Asia; and Stone Lady Mountain, an Indochine lovers mystery. Elka also writes and illustrates children’s books about Asia. When she’s not writing, drawing or reading, she’s in the ocean near her home in Central Vietnam.
Victor Fernando R. Ocampo (L2, L6) has published stories in Apex Magazine, The Philippines Free Press, Strange Horizons, Likhaan Journal, Quarterly Literature Review Singapore and The World SF Blog, as well as anthologies like Fish Eats Lion: New Singaporean Speculative Fiction, Philippine Speculative Fiction (Volumes 6 and 9) and The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Two. Follow him on Twitter at @VictorOcampo.
Kate Osias (L1, L4) has won four Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Gig Book Contest, Canvas Story Writing Contest, and the 10th Romeo Forbes Children’s Storywriting Competition. She earned a citation in the international Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for her story, “The Riverstone Heart of Maria dela Rosa”. Her works appear in various volumes of Philippine Speculative Fiction, Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults, Maximum Volume, and the WFC Unconventional Fantasy (2014). She co-edited the sixth and seventh volumes of Philippine Speculative Fiction. Kate is a proud founding member of the LitCritters, a writing and literary discussion group. Occasionally, she ventures out into the real world to hoard chocolate and shop for shoes.
James Penha (L7), a native New Yorker, has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and in poetry. Snakes and Angels, a collection of his adaptations of classic Indonesian folk tales, won the 2009 Cervena Barva Press fiction chapbook contest; No Bones to Carry, a volume of his poetry, earned the 2007 New Sins Press Editors’ Choice Award. Penha edits TheNewVerse.News, an online journal of current-events poetry.
Zeny May Dy Recidoro (L7) graduated with a degree in Art Studies from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and has been published in online journals such as Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (where her work was also nominated for Best of the Net 2013), qarrtsiluni and Poppy Road Review, and in various anthologies such as Thursday Never Looking Back and Eastern Heathens. Her interests include psychogeography, metaphysics, horror, weird fiction, Dada, minimalism, gardening, animals, and the outdoors. She is a member of the UP Writers Club.
Geoff Ryman (L3) is the author of several award-winning books: The Unconquered Country (1984) won both the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award and the World Fantasy Award; The Child Garden (1989) won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (First Place); the hypertext novel 253 (1998) won the Philip K. Dick Award; and Air (2005) won the Arthur C. Clarke and James Tiptree, Jr. Awards. Ryman also received the 2012 Nebula Award for his novelette “What We Found.” His recent stories “Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter” and “Blocked,” and his novel The King’s Last Song (2006), have all taken Cambodia as their muse.
Gord Sellar (L5) is a writer, educator, avid homebrewer and occasional musician. His work has appeared in many magazines, anthologies, and journals since 2007 (including Clarkesworld Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction and Interzone), and several of his screenplays have been made into award-winning short films. He attended Clarion West in 2006 and was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2009. Aside from a recent two-year stint in Vietnam (and extended visits to Indonesia), he has resided in South Korea since 2002. He is currently working on a novel while living in the South Korean countryside with his wife.
Ben Slater (L3) is the author of Kinda Hot: The Making of Saint Jack in Singapore (2006), and his writings on film have been published internationally. He has script-edited several feature films including Helen, HERE, Endless Day and Mister John, and is co-writer of the SF noir thriller Camera. His short story “Punggol” appeared in the anthology Fish Eats Lion (2012), and was adapted from the audio journey Punggol 2021.
Christina Sng (L5–L8) is a poet, writer and artist. Her work has received honourable mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and nominations for the Dwarf Stars and Rhysling Awards. She is the author of several chapbooks, including Dark Dreams (2011) and A Constellation of Songs (2016). Her first two full-length poetry collections from Alban Lake Publishing and Raw Dog Screaming Press were published in 2016.
Sokunthary Svay (L5, L6) is a writer and musician from New York City. Her family fled Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime to a Thai refugee camp, where she was born. Her writing is published and forthcoming in Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and Time (2007), Women’s Studies Quarterly (The Feminist Press), FLESH (Fixi Novo, 2016), and Prairie Schooner. She is the recipient of a Pushcart nomination and the First Friday Residency at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (NYC). She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at CCNY and lives in Queens with her daughter and husband.
Budjette Tan (L6) is a founding member of Alamat Comics. He has since written comic-book stories like Batch72, The Flying Phantom, and Payaso. His most recent work is Trese, co-created with artist KaJo Baldisimo. Like any typical superhero, he keeps a secret identity and works as the Deputy Executive Creative Director in the ad agency Harrison Communications.
Sharlene Teo (L8) is the winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award for Ponti, her first novel, to be published by Picador in 2018. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Esquire (Singapore), Magma Poetry, The Penny Dreadful, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, New Writing Net and Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Two. In 2012, she was awarded the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship to undertake an MA in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia, where she is currently in her second year of a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. She is the recipient of the 2013 David TK Wong Creative Writing Fellowship and the 2014 Sozopol Fiction Fellowship.
Jeremy Tiang (L3) is the translator of The Borrowed by Chan Ho-kei (2016), The Book of Mountains and Rivers by Yu Qiuyu (2015), Death by Perfume by You Jin (2015), Durians Are Not the Only Fruit by Wong Yoon Wah (2013), Ten Loves (2013) and The Promise Bird (2012) by Zhang Yueran, Island of Silence by Su Wei-chen (2013), and Unrest by Yeng Pway Ngon (2012). He was recently awarded a PEN/Heim grant to translate Chinese writer Zou Jingzhi’s short story collection about the Cultural Revolution, and his stage adaptation of the Chinese classic A Dream of Red Pavilions by Hong Lou Meng was performed off-Broadway by the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. His short fiction has been published in a number of journals and magazines; his debut collection, It Never Rains on National Day (Epigram Books, 2015) was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in the English Fiction category.
Tiffany Tsao (L2, L6, L7) is the author of The Oddfits (2016), and the translator of Paper Boats by Dee Lestari (2017) and Aruna and Her Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak (2017). She grew up in Singapore and Indonesia, has lived in the US (and briefly the UK), and now resides in Sydney, Australia. She holds a PhD in English from UC–Berkeley and currently works as a full-time writer, freelance editor and literary translator. Her short fiction, poetry and literary criticism have appeared in such venues as Transnational Literature, the anthology Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher & Wattmann, 2013) and Comparative Literature. She holds the position of Indonesia Editor-at-Large at Asymptote—an online journal devoted to world literature in translation.
Tse Hao Guang (L2, L3) is the author of two collections of poetry, hyperlinkage (2013) and Deeds of Light (2015). He is interested in form and formation, creativity and quotation, lyrics and line breaks. He graduated from the Masters of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago in 2014 with a concentration in poetry and creative writing, and co-edits the cross-genre, collaborative literary journal OF ZOOS, and UnFree Verse, an anthology of Singapore poetry in received and nonce forms. He serves as the critical essays editor of poetry.sg, a home for Singapore poetry.
Krishna Udayasankar (L6) is the author of the bestselling series of mytho-historical novels, The Aryavarta Chronicles (Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra), published by Hachette India, as well as Objects of Affection (2013), a collection of prose poetry. She is a co-editor of Body Boundaries: The First EtiquetteSG Anthology of Women’s Writing (2014), and her writing has also appeared in anthologies such as A Luxury We Cannot Afford and Twenty-Four Flavours.
Erica Verrillo (L5) is the author of the middle-grade Phoenix Rising trilogy (Elissa’s Quest, Elissa’s Odyssey and World’s End); she also authored two medical reference guides. Her short stories have appeared in Nine, Front Porch Review, 580 Split, Million Stories, Crab Creek Review, and THEMA. She writes a blog for up-and-coming writers, Publishing…and Other Forms of Insanity, with resources and practical advice for self-publishers as well as those who follow the traditional publishing route. Erica attended the New England Conservatory of Music, and holds degrees in History and Linguistics. Currently, she works as an editor.
Eliza Victoria (L4) is the author of several books, including the Philippine National Book Award-winning Dwellers (2014) and new novel Wounded Little Gods (2016). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications, including Daily Science Fiction, Stone Telling, Room Magazine, Story Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, High Chair, and the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthologies. Her work has won prizes in the Philippines’ top literary awards, including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards, and has been nominated for the Philippine National Children’s Book Awards (for Jeremy’s Magic Well).
Brendan Walsh (L6) has been published in many journals and magazines, including Off the Coast, Connecticut Review, Mason’s Road, Anak Sastra, Lines+Stars, and Cobalt Review. His first poetry collection, Make Anything Whole, was published by Five Oaks Press in 2015. He has been an English instructor in South Korea, a Fulbright English teacher in Vientiane, Laos, and an aimless vagabond throughout the United States. Brendan has been a featured reader at The New American Writing Festival, and the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s Connecticut Young Poets Day. He received his MFA from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, where he now works in International Education. When he is not training for amateur Strongman competitions or writing poems, his life is a cycle of existential crises and brilliant epiphanies.
Edmund Wee (Publisher) is the CEO of Epigram Books—an independent publisher based in Singapore that champions local literature and writers. Best known for its national bestselling young adult series The Diary of Amos Lee, it has also—among the 150 titles released since its establishment in 2011—published landmark translations of novels and short story collections by Cultural Medallion winners, fresh fiction by emerging Singaporean authors, and republished out-of-print Singapore Classics for a new generation of readers. For his efforts, he has been included in the Straits Times Life! Power List of top arts, entertainment and lifestyle players three years in succession. In 2015, he launched the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in search of the next big Singaporean novel, the nation’s richest literary prize for an unpublished manuscript.
Alyssa Wong (L8) studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. Her story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, won the 2015 Nebula Award and 2016 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and she was a finalist for the 2016 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static and Tor.com, among others. She can be found on Twitter as @crashwong.
Cyril Wong (L3, L4, L7) is the Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of a dozen collections of poetry, including Unmarked Treasure (2004), Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light (2007), The Dictator’s Eyebrow (2013), After You (2014) and The Lover’s Inventory (2015). His novel, The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza (2013), and short story collection, Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me and Other Stories (2014), were published by Epigram Books.
Lydia Wong (Designer) is an in-house graphic designer at Epigram Books. Her cover designs and layouts can be found in titles such as Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe, The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volumes One and Two, Death by Perfume and In Time, Out of Place by You Jin, A Certain Exposure by Jolene Tan, and multiple issues of LONTAR, among others.
David Wong Hsien Ming (L3, L8) is the author of For The End Comes Reaching (2015), a poetry collection. He discovered poetry as a child at a Sunday lunch; he pursued honours in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, reading poetry at Rutgers University New Brunswick along the way. His work earned an honourable mention in the 2011 Golden Point Awards before winning second prize in 2015, and has appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Ceriph, EastLit, Literary Orphans, and Mascara Literary Review.
Bryan Thao Worra (L1, L7) is an award-winning speculative poet, and holds a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. A professional member of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association, his work is taught internationally. He serves as the Creative Works Editor for the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement. His books include Demonstra (2013), BARROW (2009) and On the Other Side of the Eye (2007). He is currently editing a forthcoming anthology of Laotian American speculative art.
Daryl Qilin Yam (L2, L3) is the author of Kappa Quartet (Epigram Books, 2016), which was longlisted for the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. He is also a co-editor of the SingPoWriMo anthology series, a director at Sing Lit Station, and a stageplay producer at Take Off Productions. He holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick, and spent a year in Japan studying at the University of Tokyo. His prose and poetry have been published in a number of anthologies and literary journals, such as Esquire (Singapore), Ceriph, OF ZOOS, QLRS, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Fish Eats Lion and elsewhere.
Jerrold Yam (L2, L4) is a law graduate from University College London and the author of three poetry collections: Intruder (2014), Scattered Vertebrae (2013) and Chasing Curtained Suns (2012). His poems have been published in more than eighty journals and anthologies across twenty countries, such as Prairie Schooner, Wasafiri and Washington Square Review. He won first prize and three honourable mentions at the National University of Singapore Creative Writing Competition 2011, first prize at the British Council History and the City Competition 2011, and in 2012 became the youngest Singaporean to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is listed by the National Arts Council as one of the New Voices of Singapore 2014.
Marco Yan (L6) is a Hong Kong-born poet. His poems have appeared in Whiskey Island, Prairie Schooner, Folio, Sixth Finch and more. He currently lives in New York.
JY Yang (L3, L6) has been published in venues such as Clarkesworld, Uncanny, Lightspeed, and Lackington’s. She graduated from the 2013 class of Clarion West, is an active SWFA member, and just completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She edited an anthology of ultra-short Singaporean SF called The Ayam Curtain (2012), and Tor.com Publishing will release her novella duology The Red Threads of Fortune and The Black Tides of Heaven in Summer 2017. Yang lives in Singapore in a bubble populated by her imagination and an indeterminate number of succulent plants named Lars.
Yong Wen Yeu (Designer) is an in-house graphic designer at Epigram Books. His cover designs and layouts can be found in titles such as Big Mole by Ming Cher, The Widower by Mohamed Latiff Mohamed, Trivialities About Me and Myself by Yeng Pway Ngon, The Space Between the Raindrops by Justin Ker, The Goddess in the Living Room by Latha and It Never Rains on National Day by Jeremy Tiang, among others.