Free Talk: Making It New – Four Young Poets on the State of the Art

What does it mean to create “Singapore literature” in the 21st century? How do local poets taking up the art today locate themselves in relation to their predecessors and to the larger world? Join four young poets Grace Chua, Koh Xin Tian, Teng Qian Xi and Zhuang Yusa as they tackle these and other vital questions while relating their thoughts to their own poetic practice. The event, facilitated by Nicholas Liu, will include readings of poems by each of the writers, a panel discussion and a Q&A session.

About the Facilitator and Poets

Nicholas Liu
a graduate of the National University of Singapore, has his poems published or are forthcoming in magazines including QLRS, nthposition, Stand Magazine, and Poetry Review (UK). He edited two issues of the NUS Literary Society’s literary review, Argot, and is currently editing the anthology Storm Glass: Singapore Poets Before Their First Books.

Grace Chua is a journalist with The Straits Times. She holds a B.A. in Literature and psychology from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in science writing from MIT. Her poems have been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (QLRS) and the anthology From Boys To Men. Her first collection of poetry, The Stamp Collector’s Wife (firstfruits publications), was published earlier this year.

Koh Xin Tian was chairman of the NUS Literary Society from 2007–2008. Her writing has appeared in The Smoking Poet, Theatrex Asia and Softblow. She won second prize in the SPH-NAC Golden Point Award for poetry in 2009.

Teng Qian Xi’s first collection, They hear salt crystallising, was published by Firstfruits Publications in 2010. Her poems have appeared in QLRS, the Tangent, Argot, Softblow, BigO, Slope, on the London Underground, among others. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in comparative literature.

Zhuang Yusa lives in Singapore. His poetry has been published in Asia Writes, Sargasso, The Toronto Quarterly, Ganymede, The Los Angeles Review, Softblow, nthposition and elsewhere. He is a founding editor of Walnut Literary Review (

Date: 13 November 2010, Saturday
Time: 1.00pm – 2.30 pm
Venue: Imagination Room, Level 5, National Library, 100 Victoria St.


As places are limited, please register at ‘Singapore’ or by clicking here.

This programme is held in collaboration with NLB and NUS.


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