“If you’re hollow, a robotic intellect, an emotional pragmatist, Topaz Winters’ breathless poetry isn’t for you. If you haven’t known danger because you never rubbed ecstatically against passion’s razor, drawing more than blood every time, this poetry isn’t for you. If you haven’t desired past drowning, clawing or swimming to the surface only to free-fall into shards of light, you haven’t known love, life has been a waste—and Winters’ poetry isn’t for you.” —Cyril Wong, bestselling author of Below:Absence & Oneiros
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 Times, & Button Poetry. I’ve conducted events in places like Singapore’s TEDxYouth conference, the National Library, the Arts House, & BooksActually.
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.
My name is Topaz Winters. I am a multidisciplinary poet, editor, actress, artist, speaker, scholar, creative director, & entrepreneur, working with a foundation in literature. Here is a photograph; here is my Goodreads page; here 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, A Clock That Follows the Shadows of Cats, & its associated love letters; the arts organisation Half Mystic; the column Silver-Tipped Swallow for Half Mystic Journal; & the digital art installation Love Lives Bot on Twitter. I share behind-the-scenes updates about these projects with my Patreon supporters.
I am the author of four books, most recently Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing. I wrote & starred in the award-winning & critically-acclaimed short film SUPERNOVA. I gave a TEDx talk entitled Healing is a Verb. My research on poetry, identity, & the sociopolitical underpinnings of queerness in Singapore is published in the Journal of Homosexuality. I am 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. My work has sold thousands of copies to readers, viewers, listeners & fans worldwide. A full list of publications, awards, & larger projects is here.
I am 19 years old. I live & work in Singapore, & study literature & film at Princeton University.
Topaz Winters (they/she) is a poet, essayist, editor, creative director, speaker, scholar, actress, & multidisciplinary artist. Among their 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), writer & star of the short film SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi), creative director & editor-in-chief of the arts organisation Half Mystic, speaker of the TEDx talk Healing Is a Verb, & creator of the digital art installation Love Lives Bot. Their peer-reviewed research on poetry, identity, & the sociopolitical underpinnings of queerness in Singapore is published in the Journal of Homosexuality. They are 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. They were born in 1999, reside at topazwinters.com, & study literature & film at Princeton University. They enjoy chai lattes, classic rock, wildflowers, & the colour of the sky when nothing is dreaming of it.
“Belated Poetic Justice: Featuring Topaz Winters” in YA Indulgences
Recap of the launch of Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing by Ng Yi-Sheng (2019)
“Math Paper Press Turns Nine With One-Day Sale At BooksActually” in Yahoo! News (2019)
“10 must-reads for today” in The Straits Times (2019)
“The ‘rebel girls’ of Singapore poetry: Young, outspoken and pushing boundaries” in The Straits Times (2019)
“Portrait of My Body As a Crime I’m Still Committing Interview with Topaz Winters” in Royal Rose Magazine (2019)
Featured in Like One Another (2019)
Featured in Nosotras Escribimos (2019)
“Poetry We Love: poems for the sound of the sky before thunder” in Chowing Fat (2019)
“Best of 2018: Favorite Poems Published Online” in Entropy (2018)
Featured in Life In Poetry (2016—2019)
"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)
“The Poetry Project: #1” in Ink & Myths (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)
Featured by the Boston Poetry Slam (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)
"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)
“Creating Paths to Peace” in Singapore American School Newsflash (2010)
Reading & signing at Dorothy’s bar for Singapore Unbound’s Pink Reads event (2019)
On-demand poetry writing for Whabby! Music Carnival’s Typestry event (2019)
Reading & signing at the launch of Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing at the Merry Lion (2019)
Reading at Math Paper Press Day’s Poems to Be Heard, Spoken and Slammed event at BooksActually (2019)
Featured artist reading at Spoke & Bird Poetry Open Mic at the Merry Lion (2019)
Reading, hosting, & introduction at Half Mystic Journal’s Issue VI: Interlude launch (2019)
Reading at Other Tongues Literary Festival’s An Evening of Spoken Word (2018)
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 sold-out Half Mystic Journal’s Issue IV: Grazioso launch (2017)
Reading & signing 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)