New updates on 3 Cha contributors: O Thiam Chin, Chris Galvin and Ocean Vuong

O Thiam Chin

Congratulations to O Thiam Chin! His short story collection The Rest of Your Life and Everything that Comes with It, reviewed in the current issue of Cha, has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize (€25,000). Other longlisted writers include Don DeLillo, Jackie Kay and Joyce Carol Oates. You can see the full list here

O Thiam Chin’s short story “Pebbles” was published in Issue #8 of Cha.



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Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin’s flash fiction “For the Love of Mushrooms” is now featured in the April edition of Tuck Magazine.
Chris Galvin’s creative non-fiction was published in Issue #16 of Cha. 

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Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong‘s poem “In Defense of Dancing” is published in Guernica

Ocean Vuong’s poem “Paramour” was published in issue#10 of Cha; the poem has been nominated for inclusion in Best of the Net Anthology 2010.

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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 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.

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.

Best of the Net 2010 Nominations

We are happy to announce that the following pieces of work have been nominated by Cha for inclusion in Best of the Net Anthology 2010, published by Sundress Publications. Congratulations to these writers and good luck!

Poetry

=Rosanna Oh, “Etude” (issue #11, May 2010)
=Anuradha Vijayakrishnan, “Suicide Note” Read an analysis of the poem here.(issue #10, Feb. 2010)
=Papa Osumbal, “A Bum’s Demise” Read an analysis of the poem here. (issue #10, February 2010)
=Kate Rogers, “Sai Ying Pun Sestina” (issue #9, Nov. 2009)
=Lillian Kwok, “Departure” Read an analysis of the poem here.(issue #8, Aug. 2009)
Fiction
=Drew Calvert, “Improv” (issue #9, Nov. 2009)
=O Thiam Chin, “Pebbles” (issue #8, Aug. 2009)
Creative non-fiction
=Iain S. Baird, “A Night at the Taj” (issue #9, Nov. 2009)
=Anne Tibbitts, “The okinawan Coffeeshop” (issue #8, Aug. 2009)
Also see our Best of the Web, Pushcart and Micro Award nominations this year.


Iris A. Law’s “Circumnavigation”, first published in Issue #7 of Cha, was selected for publication in Best of the Net 2009.


Cha contributors in Asia Literary Review

Several Cha contributors have creative works published in the new issue of Asia Literary Review (Vol. 16, Summer 2010). Read O Thiam Chin’s “Grasshoppers“, “Turning a Blind Eye” and “Fireworks“; Steven Hirst’s “It’s All in the Silhouette“, Kristine Ong Muslim’s “Not Sleeping“; Ocean Vuong’s “The Photo” and “Ars Poetica“; and Kate Rogers’ “A Paper House” in the new issue.
  • O Thiam Chin’s fiction has been published in issue #8 of Cha.
  • Steven Hirst’s photography has been published in issue #11 of Cha.
  • Kristine Ong Muslim’s poetry has been published in issue #9 of Cha.
  • Ocean Vuong’s poetry has been published in issue #10 of Cha.
  • Kate Rogers’ poetry has been published in issue #9 of Cha.

CHA contributors in the debut issue of The Walnut Literary Review

The first issue of The Walnut Literary Review, a bimonthly online literary journal devoted to writings and the visual arts, is now launched. It features creative works by a number of Cha contributors. Visit the review’s website and read poems by Jee Leong Koh, Ocean Vuong and Yew Leong Lee (Yew Leong translates poems by Jing Siang Hai from Chinese to English) and short fiction by O Thiam Chin.
  • Jee Leong Koh’s poetry was published in issue#6 of Cha.
  • Ocean Vuong’s poetry was published in issue#10 of Cha.
  • Yew Leong Lee’s fiction was published in issue#6 of Cha.
  • O Thiam Chin’s short story “Pebbles” was published in Issue #8 of Cha.

Cha contributors O Thiam Chin and Wena Poon longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award


Congratulations to Cha contributor O Thiam Chin, whose Never Been Better is longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award.
Congratulations to Cha contributor Wena Poon, whose The Proper Care of Foxes is longlisetd for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award.
Both collections are reviewed in the current issue (Issue #10) of Cha. Read Moira Moody’s review of Never Been Better here and Katherine Foster’s review of The Proper Care of Foxes here.
Congratulations, Tony and Wena, and good luck!

O Thiam Chin’s Never Been Better

In this new collection of stories, O Thiam Chin has created a series of unforgettable, deeply-affecting portraits of individuals whose intersections of loves and losses mark the dawn of awareness and longing in their lives. Never Been Better illustrates his literary versatility in the assortment of characters who occupy the world of ambivalence and false optimism, yet still persist in trudging on with strength and resilience.
O Thiam Chin’s fiction has been published in issue #8 of Cha.

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.