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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. 


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.