TopazWinters_Bio

“The unflinchingly brilliant and reflective words of Topaz Winters will leave you breathless and profoundly understood. Each poem serves as a window into a technicolor memory. Winters is courageous and keenly observant, a fiercely poignant voice I predict will thunder for years to come.” —Blythe Baird, award-winning viral spoken word poet & bestselling author of If My Body Could Speak

Topaz Winters (they/she) is a Singaporean-American 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 four books (most recently Portrait of My Body As a Crime I’m Still Committing, a finalist in the Broken River & Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prizes), writer & star of the short film SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi, 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, speaker of the TEDx talk Healing Is a Verb, & creator of the digital art installation Love Lives Bot on Twitter. 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 a worldwide audience of thousands. Her work focuses on flightlessness, 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 by The Straits Times, The Business Times, & the Boston Poetry Slam& commended by Singapore’s National Arts Council, the National YoungArts Foundation, & Button Poetry, among others. 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 lattes, classic rock, wildflowers, & the colour of the sky when nothing is dreaming of it. She was born in 1999 & studies creative writing, film theory, & cognitive science at Princeton University. She is in love with most quiet things. She is grateful you’re here.