Updates on 8 contributors: Arthur Leung, Daryl Yam, Cyril Wong, Ivy Alvarez, Marc Vincenz, Rumjhum Biswas, Dena Rash Guzman and Kristine Ong Muslim

Arthur Leung, Daryl Yam and Cyril Wong

The new issue of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore is now available! Read Arthur Leung’s “Chicken Rice in Singapore” (a reinterpretation of Leung Ping-kwan’s Chinese poem), Daryl Yam’s stories “It’s Not Valid” and “Love Is A Killer” and Cyril Wong’s regular column, Acid Tongue – this time the topic is “More things wrong in American poetry”. There is also a review of Chris Mooney-Singh’s The Bearded Chameleon by David Fedo in the new issue. 
|| See Arthur Leung’s Cha profile.
|| Daryl Yam’s poetry is forthcoming in Issue #17 of Cha.
|| Cyril Wong’s poetry was published in Issue#1 of Cha. 
|| Chris Mooney-Singh’s poetry was published in Issue #2 of Cha.


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Ivy Alvarez

Ivy Alvarez‘s poem “An Unidentified Man” is published in the April 2012 issue of Our Own Voice.   

|| See Ivy Alvarez’s Cha profile. 

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Marc Vincenz

A Russian translation of Marc Vincenz’s poem, “Taishan Mountain”, translated by Jenya Krein, is published in the new issue of the Russian-language literary journal OKNO. Scroll to the bottom of the page to read/see the poem in Russian. You can also read the English original and Marc’s discussion of it on the Lantern Review blog

|| See Marc Vincenz’s Cha profile.

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Rumjhum Biswas
Rumjhum Biswas’s poem “Last Night I Dreamed of Valpolicella” is available on Every Day Poets.
 || See Rumjhum Biswas’s Cha profile. 

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Dena Rash Guzman
Read Dena Rash Guzman’s discussion of Zachary Schomburg’s video poem “Your Limbs Will Be Torn Off In a Farm Accident” on The Rumpus. It’s a beautiful poem and Dena’s personal take on it is equally beautiful.
|| Dena Rash Guzman’s poetry was published in Issue #15 and Issue #16 of Cha.

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Kristine Ong Muslim
Kristine Ong Muslim‘s poem “The Half-Butterfly” is available in Punchnel’s.  
|| Kristine Ong Muslim’s poetry was published in issue #9 of Cha and her poem “Preface to a Pornographer’s Dirty Book” is discussed here.

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Quarterly Literary Review Singapore is TEN years old!

“You might also guess that I’ve never really been one for milestones. For me, the word is only one letter removed from millstones.”
-Toh Hsien Min

Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (est. 2001), the first online independent literary periodical based in Singapore, turns 10! Remarkable!

Happy Birthday!
In its tenth anniversary issue, you can find the following works by Cha contributors: Arjun Rajedran’s “Elegy of the adulteress”, Bernard Henrie’s “Jiating Pavilion”, Bob Bradshaw’s “A Poem after Tu Fu”, Heng Siok Tian’s “Whose song is it anyway?”, O Thiam Chin’s “You Are Always Here, All The Time” and Cyril Wong’s “Open Season on Martin Amis”. Make sure to read Toh Hsien Min’s editorial “Age is just a number” as well.

“Here’s to a good one, and the next ten.”
-Toh Hsien Min

  • Arjun Rajedran’s poetry was published in Issue 11 of Cha.
  • Bernard Henrie’s poetry was published in Issue 9 of Cha and is forthcoming in Issue #15 of Cha.
  • See Bob Bradshaw’s Cha profile.
  • Heng Siok Tian’s poetry was published in Issue 1 of Cha.
  • O Thiam Chin’s short story “Pebbles” was published in Issue #8 of Cha.
  • Cyril Wong’s poetry was published in issue#1 of Cha.
  • Toh Hsien Min’s poetry was published in issue #5 of Cha.

Cha contributors in Asymptote

The October 2011 issue of  Asymptote is now live. It features Murakami, Milosz and Szirtes, Lydia Davis’s first Dutch translations, essays by Dale Peck, various Burmese poets, Piyush Daiya, primers on Croatian novels and Eileen Chang, their first English Poetry Feature, an interview about the Arab uprisings and a video with sounds from outer space. Read the new issue here.
The new issue also includes works by several Cha contributors. 
-Mani Rao’s translation from the Sanskrit [Link]
-Cyril Wong’s poem “Camel” [Link]
-Lee Yew Leong (also editor of Asymptote) translated Jing Xianghai’s poetry from the Chinese [Link] and “Sex and Love Really Are Two Different Things” (originally a Chinese article on Eileen Chang by Belinda Chang) [Link]

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  • Mani Rao’s poetry was published in Issue #1 of Cha.
  • Cyril Wong’s poetry has been published in Issue #1 of Cha.
  • Yew Leong Lee’s short story “The Disappearance” was published in Issue#6 of Cha.

Cha contributors in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore

Three Cha contributors have new works published in the April 2011 issue of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. Read Jennifer Wong’s poem “The Find” and story “The Assistant”; Bernard Henrie’s poem “The Moon a Late Bus”; and O Thiam Chin’s story “Sleeping”. The issue also contains “Hiding Behind the Maple Leaf” by Cyril Wong.

Bookstore Launch of GASPP, Sunday 21 Nov, 3pm

3-4pm, Birds & Co, Orchard Cineleisure #03-05A
They are expecting to feature readings with Ovidia Yu, X’Ho, Lee Yew Leong and Cyril Wong.

  • Ng Yi-Sheng’s poetry was published in issue #8 of Cha.
  • Cyril Wong’s poetry was published in issue#1 of Cha.
  • Yew Leong Lee’s short story “The Disappearance” was published in Issue#6 of Cha.

Cha contributors in Mascara Literary Review

Several Cha contributors have new works published in the latest issue (October 2010) of Mascara Literary Review. Read Fiona Sze-Lorrain’s three poems “Rendez-vous at Pont des Arts”, “Fragile” and “My Grandmother Waters the Moon”; Cyril Wong’s three poems “School Bus”, “Buffet” and “Bear”; and Mani Rao’s three poems “Ding Dong Bell”, “Iliad Blues” and “Peace Treaty”.


  • Fiona Sze-Lorrain’s poetry was published in issue #12 of Cha.
  • Cyril Wong’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha
  • Mani Rao’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.

GASPP: a Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry and Prose


GASPP: a Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry and Prose is an anthology of writing by queer Singapore writers, co-edited by Ng Yi-Sheng with Dominic Chua, Jasmine Seah and Irene Oh. The book features works by several Cha contributors including Cyril Wong, Lee Yew Leong, Koh Jee Leong, O Thiam Chin and Ng Yi-Sheng. More information about the collection can be found here.

GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry and Prose is reviewed on the Fridae. Reviewer June Lee writes, “[F]or better or verse, GASPP represents the brave voices of contemporary writers who voluntarily identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and otherwise queer in Singapore. […] These voices are a collective gasp that cannot be hushed.” Read the full article.

  • Ng Yi-Sheng’s poetry was published in issue #8 of Cha.
  • Cyril Wong’s poetry was published in issue#1 of Cha.
  • Yew Leong Lee’s short story “The Disappearance” was published in Issue#6 of Cha.
  • Jee Leong Koh’s poetry was published in issue#6 of Cha.
  • O Thiam Chin’s short story “Pebbles” was published in Issue #8 of Cha.

CHA contributors in QLRS

Read Jason Lee’s poems “Kinabatangan” and “Rafflesia“; Yew Leong Lee’s essay “I’ll Tell You One Day“; and Cyril Wong’s “The Trouble with Billy Collins” in the July 2010 issue of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore.
Toh Hsien Min comments on Jason’s poems: “We have two very good poems from Jason Lee, one of which I had previously felt pained to decline but the improvement in it since has made it among the first names on this teamsheet.”

Cyril Wong’s new poetry collection — Oneiros

CYRIL WONG’s latest poetry collection, Oneiros, is now first available from the Firstfruits website.

Responses to the Book:

“Cyril Wong’s dreamscapes carry within them a great haunting of shift and change, grief and loss. People, places, loved ones, family and friends enter and leave as seamlessly as dreams and sleep. Wong delivers heartbreaking and tender lines of poetry, as light as a dream’s remembrance, as hard-hitting as a dream’s sudden flash of insight.”- Jenny Boully, author of The Body: An Essay

“Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, God, the familial dead, Walter Benjamin, Anne Sexton and the Road Runner all inhabit the same philosophical and poetic plane in this collection, just as they do in our world. Because many of these poems play out in dreams, the semiotic field is flattened in a brave thunderclap of reduction, and images begin to drift towards the toroidal opening of the wormhole some might call awakening, others might call death. It might just be another event horizon, that strange space that makes many of Wong’s images seem to float there so perfectly, to arrest time so permanently.”–W. B. Keckler, author of Sanskrit of the Body

“Cyril Wong excavates an archaeology of the self, departing into unpredictable dreamtime where the gamut of emotions—anger, terror, and joy intermingle with the absurd, the funny, the surreal, and the intensely personal.”–Mông-Lan, author of Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art

For more information, email Enoch Ng at firstfruitsoikos@gmail.com.

Books will hit the shelves later this year.
Cyril Wong’s poetry has been published in issue#1 of Cha.

CHA contributors in QLRS

The April 2010 issue of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore is now live and Cha contributors Cyril Wong, Toh Hsien Min and Wena Poon have works in it. Read Cyril’s poems “Fire” and “Something“; Hsien Min’s review of David Oliveria’ A Little Travel Story; and Wena’s review of Mary O’Donnell’s The Ark Builders. You can also read a review of Jee Leong Koh’s Equal to the Earth by Nicholas Liu in the issue.

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.

CHA contributors in QLRS

Asian Cha contributors Arthur Leung, Cyril Wong and Lee Yew Leong each has poems published in the April 2009 issue of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. Read Arthur’s poems “Rumours” and “Mahjong Table Conversation“, Cyril’s “Landscape” and Yew Leong’s “Stopped Car” in the new issue of QLRS.

The poetry editor of QLRS is Toh Hsien Min, also an Asian Cha contributor.

  • Read Arthur Leung’s Cha profile.
  • Cyril Wong’s poetry was published in issue#1 of Cha.
  • Yew Leong Lee’s short story “The Disappearance” was published in the February 2009 issue (issue#6) of Cha.
  • Toh Hsien Min’s poems were published in issue#5 of Cha.