So much spinning ribboned joy to share some news I’ve been sitting on for a little while now: I’m coming back home to Singapore this November for my first major festival appearance, as a featured author in the 2019 Singapore Writers Festival! The festival’s theme this year is “A LANGUAGE OF OUR OWN”, & it seeks to examine the role & function of languages in the formation of identities & communities in today’s increasingly globalised & fractured world. The theme aligns so beautifully with my work, & I’m deeply honoured to have been invited to speak alongside some of my favourite authors like Roxane Gay, Jacob Sam La-Rose, Danez Smith, Pico Iyer, & many more.
I’ll be featured in three programmes throughout the week:
Language allows for endless diversity but it can also unite cultures. In a continuation of this popular international reading series, eight writers will read excerpts from their work that relate to issues of connection and isolation.
Much of Young Adult fiction is centered on romantic relationships and young love, so why aren't there more stories about strong female bonds? Is there a reason we don't have a ‘bromance’ equivalent for describing female friendships? This conversation invites writers to discuss the importance of showcasing positive female friendships in fiction and pop culture, and share their favourite YA BFFs.
What are young lovers to do when fate isn't on their side? How should they make sense of their desires as they figure out who they want to be? Three writers examine the challenges of walking the line between wanting to immerse readers in powerful feelings and risking being cheesy or sappy when writing about young love.
The Epic International Reading Night is free while the other two programmes require Festival Passes to access (there are student discounts!). I can’t wait to see you there. The early bird price for the Festival Pass is $25, & it grants access to not just these two programmes but over 100 more throughout the course of the week of November 3.
I also have a small request for you. I was fortunate enough to receive a microgrant from the National YoungArts Foundation to fund my plane ticket to Singapore to participate as a featured author, but I still need to pay for my ticket back to Princeton after the festival. If you’d like to help me get back to school, I’d love if you purchased my fourth book Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing—$16 for a paperback copy, or $7 for a PDF edition. Alternatively, if you’d rather make a smaller (or larger!) donation, I am on both Venmo & PayPal.
Thank you for carrying me to all these beautiful places, friends. I’m over the moon to be part of this incredible festival & in conversation with some of modern literature’s most exciting voices, & I can’t wait to come back home so soon! I’ll see you in the thunder, windows thrown open, bright & alive.