May
30
7:30 PM19:30

On the Cusp: Moments of Change

The second installment of the new nonfiction reading series On the Cusp based around the theme Moments of Change.  // I'll be reading all-new poems with the fabulous and inimitable Maw Shein Win for Allison Landa's On The Cusp series, and to celebrate Maw's new book, Invisible Gifts. $5 in advance and $10 at the door, but if you need a drink to soften the bite of a cover charge, you're in luck -- it's somehow a bookstore with a bar in it.

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Feb
18
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry Flash presents Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry By Women

Poetry Flash presents a reading and launch celebration for Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry by Women, edited by Katherine Hastings, with readings by contributors Susan Cohen, Lucille Lang Day, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Judy Halebsky, Elizabeth C. Herron, Mary Mackey, Connie Post, Julia Vose, Laura Walker, and Kathleen Winter.

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Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

WORKSHOP: Instructions for a Journey

Miriam Bird Greenberg leads a short, collaborative workshop investigating the archetypal journey, whose echoes are deeply embedded in culture, from fairytales to the intimate stories of economic migrants in Hong Kong and American hobos alike.

Writer-participants will read selections from journey texts both mythic and mundane, including The Descent of Aletteby by Alice Notley, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola, then collaborate to produce a guidebook to the afterlife.

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Nov
12
2:00 PM14:00

Singapore Writers Festival: Take A Break in an Age of Uncertainty

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While the world is embroiled in cultural wars, four distinguished American authors take a breather and share how they chill and recharge, and offer advice to audiences on how to deal with the ongoing chaos. Moderated by Michelle Martin.

FEATURING

Junot Diaz (Dominican Republic-USA)

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the PEN/O. Henry Award.

Ben Katchor (USA)

Ben Katchor is the author of several collections of comic strips: Hand-Drying in America; Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer; The Jew of New York; and others. He has collaborated with musician Mark Mulcahy on a number of shows for musical theatre. The recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, he is an associate professor and the director of the illustration programme at Parsons School of Design. He lives in New York City.

Sarah Churchwell (USA-UK)

Sarah Bartlett Churchwell is an American-born academic with the University of London, where she is a professor of American literature and the chair in public understanding of the humanities, as well as the director of the Being Human festival.

Miriam Bird Greenberg (USA)

Miriam Bird Greenberg is the author of In the Volcano’s Mouth and All night in the new country. Recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, she is currently working on a fieldwork-derived manuscript about the economic migrants and asylum seekers of Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she is the 2016-2017 Singapore Creative Writing Resident at NUS/The Arts House.

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Nov
10
8:30 PM20:30

Singapore Writers Festival: Speaking for the Voiceless

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These three writers zero in on communities on the fringe, from migrant workers to asylum seekers. Whether as an outsider or from within the community in question, each writer lends a voice to those who fall through the cracks of society. Moderated by Shivaji Das. 

FEATURING

MD Sharif (Bangladesh, Singapore)

MD Sharif Uddin was born in Mymensingh division, Bangladesh, and works as a construction supervisor in Singapore. His stories and poems have appeared in publications in Singapore and Bangladesh, including Migrant TalesProbash Banglaand Kabber Paloke Bashantha. His poem ‘A Worker’s Journey’ made the shortlist of the 2014 Migrant Worker Poetry Competition, while ‘Little India Riot: Velu and a History’ was commissioned for Written Country: The History of Singapore Through LiteratureStranger to Myself is his first book.

Miriam Bird Greenberg (USA)

Miriam Bird Greenberg is the author of In the Volcano’s Mouth and All night in the new country. Recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, she is currently working on a fieldwork-derived manuscript about the economic migrants and asylum seekers of Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she is the 2016-2017 Singapore Creative Writing Resident at NUS/The Arts House.

Sim Chi Yin (Singapore)

Sim Chi Yin is a Singaporean visual documentarian and researcher focused on projects in Asia, working in photography, film, sound and text. Based in Beijing, she has done video and multimedia commissions for TimeThe New York Times MagazineNational GeographicLe Monde and The New Yorker. Chi Yin was a Magnum Foundation Human Rights and Photography fellow at New York University in 2010 and a finalist for the W Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in 2013. 

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Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

Singapore Creative Writing Residency presents Miriam Bird Greenberg

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The Singapore Creative Writing Residency is proud to present its 2017-2018 resident – Miriam Bird Greenberg.

A poet whose work is centred on travelling and those who travel – nomads, hitchhikers, and hobos living on America’s margins – she always presents her audience with different paths to explore through delicately balanced verses and vivid images. Greenberg will read from her two published books, some new poems as well as sharing about her field work on the economic migrants and asylum seekers of Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions.

The Singapore Creative Writing Residency is co-organised by The Arts House and the National University of Singapore University Scholars Programme.

This session is moderated by poet Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé.

About the Resident:

Miriam Bird Greenberg is an American poet and the author of In the Volcano’s Mouth and All Night in the New Country. Recipient of fellowships from the US National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, she has written about nomads, hitchhikers, and hobos living on America’s margins, and is currently at work on a fieldwork-derived book of poetry about the economic migrants and asylum seekers of Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she is the 2017-2018 Singapore Creative Writing Resident.

About the Moderator:

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, two hybrid works, and eight poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audio books. Trained in publishing at Stanford University, Desmond studied sociology and mass communication at the National University of Singapore, and later received his theology masters (world religions) from Harvard University and fine arts masters (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, three Living Now Book Awards, and seven USA Regional Excellence Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.

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