Topaz Winters (they/she) is a poet, essayist, editor, creative director, speaker, scholar, actress, & multidisciplinary artist working with a foundation in literature. Among her internationally award-winning & critically-acclaimed creative credits include working as the author of three books (most recently poems for the sound of the sky before thunder, Math Paper Press, 2017, which debuted at the Singapore Writers' Festival), writer & star of the short film SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi, 2017, recipient of awards from the Newark International, Across Asia Youth, Laurie Nelson, My Rode Reel, Singapore International Student, & CINE Golden Eagle Film Festivals), editor-in-chief & creative director at the arts organisation Half Mystic (est. 2015), speaker of the TEDx talk Healing Is a Verb (2017), & creator of the digital art installation Love Lives Bot on Twitter (est. 2018). Her research on poetry, identity, & the sociopolitical underpinnings of queerness in Singapore is published in the Journal of Homosexuality, the oldest & most famous peer-reviewed journal focused on the study of gender & sexuality.
On her blog at topazwinters.com, Topaz writes weekly love letters to an audience of 30,000. Her work focuses on fightlessness, resilience, heritage, states of womanhood, softness & savagery, positions of the body, & how to create beautiful things for those still listening. She has been published in Sundog Lit, DIALOGIST, & Cosmonauts Avenue, profiled in The Straits Times, The Business Times, & Expat Living, & commended by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the National YoungArts Foundation, & Button Poetry, among others. Named “a powerful writer … who masters each emotional register with both skill and a genuine, heartfelt joy for language” by editor Heleen de Boever, she is the youngest Singaporean ever to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the youngest writer ever to be published by Math Paper Press, & the youngest scholar ever to be published in the Journal of Homosexuality.
Topaz is deeply fond of chai tea, classic rock, wildflowers, & the colour of the sky when nothing is dreaming of it. She was born in 1999, resides in Singapore, & studies literature & film at Princeton University. She is in love with most quiet things. She is grateful you’re here.