Joshua Ip (b. 1982) is a writer, editor and literary organiser. He has published four volumes of poetry from Math Paper Press, most recently footnotes on falling (2018), and edited eight literary anthologies. He won the Singapore Literature Prize for his debut sonnets from the singlish (2012), placed in the Golden Point Award in multiple categories, and received the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council in 2017. He co-founded Sing Lit Station.
2018 – footnotes on falling (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2018)
2018 – Call and Response: a migrant/local poetry anthology (Eds. Rolinda Onates Espanola, Zakir Hossain, Joshua Ip. Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2018)
2017 – Twin Cities (Eds. Joshua Ip, Tammy Ho Lai-Ming. Singapore: Landmark Books, 2017)
2017 – UnFree Verse (Eds. Joshua Ip, Theophilus Kwek, Tse Hao Guang. Singapore: Ethos Books, 2017)
2016 – SingPoWriMo 2016: The Anthology (Eds. Joshua Ip, Ruth Tang, Daryl Qilin Yam. Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2016)
2016 – A Luxury We Must Afford (Eds. Christine Chia, Joshua Ip, Cheryl Julia Lee. Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2016)
2015 – sonnets from the singlish UPSIZE edition (威力加强版) (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2015)
2015 – SingPoWriMo 2015: The Anthology (Eds. Jennifer Anne Champion, Joshua Ip, Daryl Qilin Yam. Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2015)
2014 – A Luxury We Cannot Afford (Eds. Christine Chia, Joshua Ip, Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2014)
2014 – SingPoWriMo: The Anthology (Eds. Ann Ang, Joshua Ip, Pooja Nansi. Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2014)
2013 – making love with scrabble tiles (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2013)
2012 – sonnets from the singlish (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2012)
2017 – Young Artist Award
2015 – Golden Point Award (Chinese Poetry) honourable mention
2014 – Singapore Literature Prize (English Poetry) winner for sonnets from the singlish
2013 – Golden Point Award (English Prose) winner
2011 – Golden Point Award (English Poetry) runner-up
TEACHER FROM HUA YI SECONDARY SCHOOL
“The kids had a great time and we hope to work with you in the future, if possible! Personally, I had great fun seeing the students strengthen the concepts they learnt in class in this workshop. It really brings Literature alive!”
TEACHER FROM SINGAPORE CHINESE GIRLS SCHOOL (SCGS)
“The girls and I enjoyed and benefited much from Joshua's presentation. Like I told him personally, I thought he taught it better than I could have :) His breakdown of satirical skill into the various tasks and devices was very effective. “
WORKSHOPS BY JOSHUA IP
SATIRE AND THE ART OF EFFECTIVE TROLLING
For: upper sec, junior college; min. 10 pax
Availability: 2 / 3 hours per session; single
Description: How can satirical prose or poetry be used as a means to convey an indirect message? Sarcasm, irony, and humour – how do writers use these techniques to deliver biting critique? This workshop will introduce participants to common satirical techniques, and provide them practical opportunities to employ the cut and thrust of their wit.
Learning Outcomes: understand the history of satirical writing; learn how to employ satirical writing to deliver a message; receive feedback on their satirical work.
THINKING INSIDE THE BOX: FORM IN POETRY
For: upper sec, junior college; min. 10 pax
Availability: 2 / 3 hours per session; single session
Description: Students are often told to "think outside the box" to harness their creativity - but very often the addition of a formal constraint can generate new forms of creativity by forcing them to "think inside the box". This workshop will bring students on a brief journey through the history of form, then guide them to experiment forms such as the haiku, ghazal, liwuli, empat perkataan, or sonnet.
Learning Outcomes: understand the history of form; learn how to employ a variety of Asian and European poetic forms; receive feedback on their writing.
SINGPOWRIMO: A LUXURY WE CANNOT AFFORD
For: all students; min. 30 pax
Availability: 1 hour per session; single session
Description: Explore the poetics of modern Sing Lit anthologies, ranging from the zany grab-bag selections of Singapore Poetry Writing Month, to the thematic focus of anthologies such as A Luxury We Cannot Afford. Joshua Ip will host a talk and Q&A on how anthologies are curated, how to do your own, how to submit work or begin as a young writer, and anything under the sun about Sing Lit.
Learning Outcomes: be familiarised with notable modern Sing Lit anthologies; gain a greater understanding of the publishing process and Singapore literature.
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