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"SingPoWriMo 2018: The Anthology", eds. Stephanie "Dogfoot" Chan, Rodrigo Dela Pena Jr., Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde and Ng Yi-Sheng

"SingPoWriMo 2018: The Anthology", eds. Stephanie "Dogfoot" Chan, Rodrigo Dela Pena Jr., Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde and Ng Yi-Sheng


Poetry anthology, 262 pages
Published by Math Paper Press, 2018


Singapore Poetry Writing Month, or as we affectionately call it, SingPoWriMo.

Write one poem a day for thirty days in the cruel month of April: that was the challenge we first gave the internet in 2014. In its third year, our anthology gathers the best of the 5,110 poems that were submitted in 2018. Daily challenging prompts reflected on the Singaporean condition, with verses written for every MRT and LRT station, poems that upgraded other poems that upgraded other poems and so on. We are proud to feature first-time poets beside established bards, a wide swath of languages – with poems in Minion next to poems in HTML – and the recently-revived form of the udaiyaathathu alongside the ground-breaking twin cinema and asingbol. 

About the Editors:

Stephanie "Dogfoot" Chan was the 2010 Singapore Poetry Slam Champion and the 2012 UK Poetry Slam Champion. She has represented both countries at international poetry slam championships including the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam and the Poetry World Cup. Her writing has been published in various local and international literary journals and anthologies. She currently hosts and organises The Singapore Story Slam and recently founded a performance poetry night called Spoke & Bird.

Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr.’s poems have been published in various literary journals and anthologies. He has received prizes from the Palanca Awards, Kokoy Guevara Poetry Competition, British Council, among others. He is the author of two chapbooks, Requiem and Hymnal, and his first full-length collection, Aria and Trumpet Flourish, was released in 2018 by Math Paper Press in Singapore.  

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, three hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. He has also edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organisations including Sok Sabay Cambodia, Riding for the Disabled Association, the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, and SAGE Counselling Centre. These titles span the genres of ethnography, journalism, creative writing, and corporate literature.

Ng Yi-Sheng is a full-time writer in multiple genres and a noted LGBT rights activist. His debut poetry collection, last boy, won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2008. He is also the author of Lion City, a collection of short stories published by Epigram Books to great acclaim in 2018.

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