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Ang Ming Wei is currently a full-time national serviceman who writes poetry and occasionally short stories as a hobby. Ironically, he owes his interest in creative writing to A level literature, the subject he hated most.

 

Antonio Vega is a Mexican actor, playwright, translator, producer, and literary department director of Por Piedad Teatro (Mexico/USA). With this company, he appeared in Some Explicit Polaroids by Mark Ravenhill, The Country by Martin Crimp, Ladies and Gents by Paul Walker, A Business Woman by José Enrique Gorlero and Playing the Victim by the Presniakov Brothers. He most recently wrote, directed, and acted in The Duchamp Syndrome, which played in Mexico in the original Spanish and in Singapore and New York in English.

 

Brad Trumpfheller was born in Japan, raised in Virginia, and is soon to be attending Emerson College in Boston. He has work published in Canvas, and forthcoming only in his daydreams. He hopes to one day live in Southeast Asia, or in the kind of metropolitan apartment that only exists in sitcoms. Sometimes he confuses his right and his left.

 

Casidhe Ng is seventeen going on eighteen this year and is currently a Year 6 student in the School of the Arts, Singapore. He took an interest in writing and play-reviewing two years ago and has since garnered experience reviewing professionally for platforms such as The Flying Inkpot and Centre 42. He is currently majoring in both theatre and literature in school and enjoys acting, designing, and occasional dramaturgy.

 

Daryl Yam is an aspiring writer of both prose and poetry, currently reading English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. His work has appeared in Esquire (Singapore), CeriphCha: An Asian Literary Journal and elsewhere. You can learn more about him at http://about.me/yammonation.

 

Ian Wong is twenty-five years old and lives in London where he works as a tour guide. Being a tour guide is probably a bit like being a medieval bard: you accompany a bunch of people on a journey and you entertain them with stories and jokes along the way. Because that's what journeys really are: stories. And that's what stories are: journeys.

 

Janice Heng has had many close encounters with copy-editors. She lives in Singapore.

 

Originally from Singapore, Jee Leong Koh is a poet and essayist living in New York City. He is the author of four books of poems, including Steep Tea (Carcanet Press), and a book of poetic essays, The Pillow Book (Math Paper Press). Shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, his work has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Russian. He is committed to the introduction of Singapore literature to an American audience. To that end, he runs the website Singapore Poetry, the Second Saturdays Reading Series, and the Singapore Literature Festival in New York.

 

Kim Lim is an editor at a New York trade publishing house whose work tasks include—among others—getting sandwiches for her boss, receiving Staples orders, and building shelves.

 

Korey Williams is from Chicago and has studied at Illinois Wesleyan University, Hertford College at the University of Oxford, and The University of Chicago. His poetry appears in AssaracusColloquium, and Glitterwolf. Williams is currently a poetry candidate in Cornell University’s M.F.A. program in Creative Writing.

 

Lana Bella has a diverse work of poetry and flash fiction anthologized, published, and forthcoming with more than seventy journals, including Aurorean Poetry, Chiron Review, Contrary Magazine, Eunoia Review, New Plains Review, The Criterion Journal, The Ignatian Review, and Quail Bell Magazine, where she was a featured artist. She resides in the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, with her novelist husband and two frolicsome imps.

 

Louise Keller is deputy editor and co-publisher of Australia’s award-winning online movie magazine, Urban Cinefile, established in 1997. With more than twenty years of publishing experience, she and her husband, Andrew, previously ran the print publications Encore Magazine, Event, and Sydney Diary. Born in India and educated in French-speaking Belgian Congo (Zaire) in Africa, she formerly ran her own public relations company, was a professional singer for fourteen years, and was a television hostess.

 

Ong Sher Li is currently a graduate student at Nanyang Technological University. In 2012, she performed a few of her poems at an open mic that was held during the Singapore Writers Festival. More recently, she was selected to be part of the NUS Museum's inaugural Writing Lab 2014 where, over the course of six weeks, she wrote a play in response to one of the museum's exhibits. The play, “the sun sets on a brave old world” was later performed to an audience, where it was well-received.

 

Rohan Naidu is a rising junior at Yale-NUS College. After eighteen monsoons in India, the liberal arts lured Rohan away to Singapore where he studies Relativity along with Relativism. He has always loved cats, hated sad endings, and wished for every day to be a rainy day.

 

A mirthless drudge reading law and English literature at university, Ruth Tang writes poetry, prose, and plays to stave off her (probably inevitable) slide into corporate evil. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies—including several Creative Arts Program volumes (2008–14) and Moving Words (2011)—as well as won some minor prizes, such as a Foyle Young Poet commendation (2010). As part of the NUS Museum's Writing Lab (2014), a reading of her short play “blood/love/rhetoric” was performed. Her other preoccupations include bargain basement books, non-musical theatre, and an awful sense of foreboding about the future.

 

Shirley Lu works in the field of special education by day and reads poetry by night. Her favourite poets include Carson, Michaels, Ondaatje, and Kinsella. She also writes poetry. Her poems appear in Freckled Magazine, Thistle Magazine, A Hundred Gourds, and elsewhere. See more of her and her work at weissewiese.tumblr.com/

 

Assembled with parts from Hong Kong and Malaysia, Tse Hao Guang is interested in form and formation, creativity and quotation, lyrics and line breaks. He is the author of poetry collections hyperlinkage (2013) and Deeds of Light (2015, both Math Paper Press). 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 UnFree Verse, an anthology of Singapore poetry in received and nonce forms. He serves as the critical essays editor of poetry.sg, an online repository of local verse, as well as a directory of the people who write it. His website is www.tsehaoguang.com.

 

Tyler Allen Perry is an MFA candidate in Stony Brook University's Creative Writing and Literature program in Southampton, New York. He is the founder and poetry editor of Cattywampus Magazine. He is the Joseph Kelly Prize winner in creative writing and has been published in Deep South Magazine and Salt Journal.

 

Yuan Changming, eight-time Pushcart nominee and author of four chapbooks (including Mindscaping [2014]), grew up in a remote village in China, began to learn English at age nineteen, and published several monographs before leaving China. Currently, Yuan tutors and co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. His poetry appears in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Cincinnati Review, Threepenny Review, and 969 others across 31 countries.