New updates on 3 Cha contributors: Ricky Garni, Alvin Pang and W.F. Lantry

Ricky Garni

Ricky Garni‘s poem “Sonata Eyes” (in three parts) is now available in Spinozablue. Do you think the poem has earned its last sentence ‘Now: back to love.’? 
|| Ricky Garni’s poetry was published in Issue #16 of Cha. 


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Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang‘s Other Things and Other Poems, a collection of new and selected poems in English and Croatian translation, is now available from Books Actually
|| Alvin Pang’s poetry was published in issue #2 of Cha and his photographs were published in issue #12 and issue #16 of the journal.

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W.F. Lantry

W.F. Lantry‘s new short story, “Whirlwind”, which is about the discovery of witches, is now published in the California-based twice-yearly e-zine, Verdad. Read the story here.
|| Read W.F. Lantry’s Cha profile.

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New updates on 3 Cha contributors: Alvin Pang, Arjun Rajendran and Vaughan Rapatahana

Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang’s When the Barbarians Arrive, a selection of works from his previous five collections, is now available from Arc Publications! The selection ranges from love poems to satirical writing. These are poems that are “wry and shrewd, intelligent and sensitive”. They are also “at once recognizably national and international in reach, offering a fresh edgy energy to the wave of urban poetry emerging from Singapore”. Learn more about When the Barbarians Arrive here.

|| Alvin Pang’s poetry was published in issue #2 of Cha and his photographs were published in issue #12 and issue #16 of the journal.


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Arjun Rajendran

|| Arjun Rajendran’s poetry was published in Issue #11 of Cha.


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Vaughan Rapatahana

Two poems by Vaughan Rapatahana are now published in Rem Magazine

|| Vaughan Rapatahana’s poetry was published in Issue #8 of Cha.

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NUS Literary Society Evening of Poetry and Music 26 Feb. 2011

The annual NUS Literary Society Evening of Poetry and Music will feature upcoming writers and literary figures, interspersed with live musical performances from NUS music groups. Also included in the EPM will be the prize presentation for the ’10/’11 Creative Writing Competition and readings by the winners.

Alvin Pang and Ovidia Yu, judges of this year’s competition, will appear as special guests of the evening. More information here.
Alvin Pang’s poetry was published in Issue #2 of Cha and his photography was published in Issue #12 of Cha.

What is the new dominant language of the internet?

According to Nicholas Ostler in The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel  (2010):

The online communities that use languages other than English have grown meteorically in the first decade of the twenty-first century. From 2000 to 2009, the fastest growing languages on the Net (in numbers of users) were Arabic (twentyfold), Chinese (twelvefold), Portuguese (ninefold), Spanish (sevenfold), and French (sixfold). (pp. 263-264)

See more from this book.

And according to the infographic below, Chinese will become the dominant internet language in five years. But I am not entirely convinced, are you? 

Click image to enlarge.

(Thank you, Alvin, for drawing my attention to this. The image is from Gizdomo via. The Next Web.) 

Meet Alvin Pang

Earlier, we unveiled the beautiful cover of our September 2010 issue here. Apart from “Wall in Namdaemun Market, Seoul”, we will also be publishing four other photographs (three from Singapore and one from China) by Alvin, whose poems were published in the second issue (February 2008) of Cha. When discussing a possible title for this group of pictures, Alvin mentioned “copy.paste” (and later, “copy.paste.cut”), “e pluribus unum” and “sama sama” because ‘the images all seem to have to do with repetition, or an assemblage of similar but not identical units’. In the end, however, we chose “We Belong Together” as the title. Alvin wrote: ‘it evokes the idea of a set/collection/family of units. Call me sentimental!’ Our response was: ‘Don’t you know – Cha is overall quite sentimental ….’
Bio: Alvin Pang is a lifelong image junkie and trafficker, but usually smuggles them through poems. A poet, writer, editor (and occasional photographer) based in Singapore, he has appeared in major festivals, anthologies and media around the world. A Fellow of the University of Iowa International Writing Program (2002), he was Young Artist of the Year (Literature) in 2005, and snagged the Singapore Youth Award (Arts and Culture) in 2007. His latest books include City of Rain (Poems, Ethos Books), and TUMASIK: Contemporary Writing from Singapore (Autumn Hill Books: USA 2009). He’s a Canon loyalist but has recently flirted with iPhonography. He has always needed glasses.

Singapore Writers’ Festival 2009

Come and join the Singapore Writers’ Festival this year and meet Cha contributors Alvin Pang, Cyril Wong, Daren Shiau, Leung Ping-kwan, Ng Yi-Sheng and O Thiam Chin.

  • Alvin Pang has had three poems published in issue#2 of Cha.
  • Cyril Wong’s poetry has been published in issue#1 of Cha.
  • Daren Shiau’s prose poems have been published in issue #5 of Cha.
  • Leung Ping-kwan’s poetry has been published in issue #1 of Cha.
  • Ng Yi-Sheng’s poetry has been published in issue #8 of Cha.
  • O Thiam Chin’s fiction has been published in issue #8 of Cha.

Mascara Literary Review 5

The fifth issue of Mascara Literary Review (editors: Boey Kim Cheng and Michelle Cahill) is now live. Read a fine selection of poetry here. Cha contributors Michelle Cahill and Cyril Wong (here and here) also have review articles published in the issue. One of the reviews by Cyril Wong is on Cha contributor Ouyang Yu’s The Kingsbury Tale. There is also an interview with Cha contributor, Alvin Pang.

  • Michelle Cahill’s poetry was published in issue #2 of Cha.
  • Alvin Pang’s poetry was published in issue#2 of Cha.
  • Cyril Wong’s poetry was published in issue#1 of Cha
  • Ouyang Yu’s poetry was published in issue #4 of Cha.