Sometimes lovely humans write about the work I do or invite me to perform at their events. In the past I have appeared in outlets such as The Straits Times, Expat Living, The Business TimesButton Poetry, & Cicada Magazine. I’ve conducted events in places like Singapore’s TEDxYouth conference, the National Library, BooksActually, & Mandarin Gallery.

If you are a journalist interested in covering my work or an organiser looking to invite me to speak at your event, this is the place to find all of the information you need, as well as selected press & events I have already done.

You can get in touch to request a media or event appearance right here. I truly cannot wait to speak with you.

the basics

My name is Topaz Winters. I am a multidisciplinary poet, editor, actress, artist, speaker, creative director, & entrepreneur, working with a foundation in literature. Here is a photographhere is my Goodreads pagehere is my IMDb page. If you are in need of more photos of me & my work, feel free to use any of those on my blog or Instagram.

My current ongoing projects are this blog, where I write love letters about truth, magic, art, illness, & how to create beautiful things for those still listening, as well as the arts organisation Half Mysticdedicated to the celebration of music in all of its forms. I share behind-the-scenes updates about these projects with my Patreon supporters.

I am the author of the books poems for the sound of the sky before thunder, Monsoon Dream, & Heaven or This. I wrote & starred in the award-winning & critically-acclaimed short film SUPERNOVA. I am the youngest Singaporean ever to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In 2017, I gave a TEDx talk entitled Healing is a Verb. I created & maintain the Love Lives Bot on Twitter. My research on poetry, identity, & the sociopolitical underpinnings of queerness in Singapore will be published in the Journal of Homosexuality in 2019. A full list of publications, awards, & larger projects is here.

A few things I believe deeply in & am always willing to speak or write about: living with mental illness & how mentally ill people are represented in the media; the struggles & triumphs of being a young, queer, disabled woman & artist of colour in the modern age; how best to support independent artists; how to remain soft while simultaneously being ambitious & powerful; the importance of art, poetry, storytelling, & creation for their own sake.

I am 19 years old. I live & work in Singapore, & study literature & film at Princeton University.

official bio

Topaz Winters is a poet, essayist, editor, creative director, speaker, actress, & multidisciplinary artist. 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), writer & star of the short film SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi, 2017), creative director & editor-in-chief of 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 (est. 2018). She is the youngest Singaporean ever to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her research on poetry, identity, & the sociopolitical underpinnings of queerness in Singapore will be published in the Journal of Homosexuality in 2019. She was born in 1999, resides at, & studies literature & film at Princeton University. She enjoys chai lattes, classic films, wildflowers, & the colour of the sky when nothing is dreaming of it.

selected press

Featured in Life In Poetry (2016—2018)

"Exceptional Poetry From Around the Web: August 2018" in Frontier Poetry (2018)

"Last Issue of Speculative Fiction a Fitting Swansong" in The Straits Times (2018)

"A New Chapter for SingLit" in The Business Times (2018)

"Topaz Winters: On Music, Tech And Writing" in Styleguide (2018)

"Authors Recommend Their Favourite LGBTQ+ Media" in Bi Bookish Babe (2018)

Featured on the official Button Poetry Instagram (2018)

Featured in Expat Living, January 2018 Issue (2018)

"Notable Mentions" in Journeys: Winter 2017 (2017)

"For the Record: October 2017" in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (2017)

“Dear Writer: Tips For Young Writers” in The Adroit Journal (2017)

“True Story: I have 4 Mental Illnesses” in Yes and Yes (2017)

“Inseam: Topaz Winters” in Thread (2017)

“Choosing Tenderness: An Interview with Topaz Winters” in Cicada Magazine (2017)

“Five Things with Topaz Winters” in Platypus Press' Read Fives (2017)

“Feature Article: Half Mystic” in Sapling (2017)

Featured as a Moledro Magazine Teen Poet (2017)

“National YoungArts Foundation Honors Indian American Teenage Artists” in India-West (2016)

"A Conversation with Topaz Winters” in Monstering Magazine (2016)

“Empowering Poems About Otherness” in Moledro Magazine (2016)

“Writers of the Week: November 18th, 2016” in Maudlin House (2016)

“Sweet Talk with Topaz Winters” in Sugar Rascals (2016)

“An Interview with Topaz Winters” in L’Éphémère Review (2016)

“May Promoting Creativity: Topaz Winters” in Rambling Writer (2016)

“Artistry: A Spotlight on Topaz (Six Impossible Things)” in Books for a Delicate Eternity (2016)

Featured on the official Wattpad blog (2015)

"Creating Paths to Peace" in Singapore American School Newsflash (2010)

selected events

Reading at Good Girl? event, in response to Charlotte Lim's In Vain In Vanity exhibition at UltraSuperNew Gallery (2018)

Panel discussion at BooksActually & Late Night Texting's Millennial Poetry: What's the Deal? event at Centre42 (2018)

Reading at sold-out Singapore Poetry Festival's [Insert Atomic Name Here] event at Mandarin Gallery (2018)

Reading & panel discussion at Singapore Poetry Festival's Youth is Wasted on the Young round table event at Woodlands Regional Library (2018)

On-demand poetry writing at BooksActually’s Read to Teleport Pop-Up Launch Party (2018)

Reading, hosting, & introduction at Half Mystic Journal’s Issue IV: Grazioso launch (2017)

Reading at the Singapore Writers Festival poems for the sound of the sky before thunder launch (2017)

“Healing is a Verb” at TEDxYouth@SAS: Prism of Possibilities (2017)

“Lightning / Hunger” at YoungArts Finalist Week Showcase (2017)

creations & fanart

Creations that beautiful people have made, inspired by me & my work. (Truly, these make me smile every time I see them. I have so much love & respect for artists.)

If you’re searching for art made in response to specific projects, take a look at their dedicated pages!