The Singapore Literature Festival in New York is proud to announce our list of panel introducers who will chair our sessions.


Don Weise PhotoDON WEISE has more than twenty years publishing experience, the majority of which has been devoted to LGBT literature. He’s served as Publisher of Alyson Books and Senior Editor at Carroll & Graf Publishers. Don was named by Publishers Weekly as an industry “Change Maker” and listed among Out Magazine’s “100 Most Intriguing Gay Men and Lesbians” of the year. He’s also the author/editor of Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction; Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction; Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin; The Huey P. Newton Reader; and The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives.

Appearance: • The Politics of Love (Ticketed), Saturday, 11 October 2014, 5.00pm-6.00pm





JASON KOO is the author of two collections of poetry, America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. He has published his poetry and prose in numerous journals, including the Yale Review, North American Review and Missouri Review, and won fellowships for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute. An assistant professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo is also the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets, a nonprofit organization celebrating and cultivating the poets, poetry and literary heritage of Brooklyn, where he lives.

Appearances: • The Local Cosmopolitan (Opening Party). See Page 4.




1795733_10151913311492644_1845020559_nBorn in Saigon, South Vietnam, in 1968, MONIQUE TRUONG is a novelist and essayist based in Brooklyn. Her first novel The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003) was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Fiction Book, and the recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, among other honors. Her second novel Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, 2010) received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a best fiction book of the year by Barnes & Noble and Hudson Booksellers. Truong has been a PEN/Robert Bingham Fellow, a Princeton University’s Hodder Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Visiting Writer at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. In 2015, she will be a U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellow in Tokyo. A graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University School of Law, Truong is also an intellectual property attorney.

Appearance: • The Twenty-First Century Family (Ticketed), Saturday, 11 October 2014, 3.30pm-4.30pm





ROHAN KAMICHERIL is the editor of Words Without Borders, the online magazine for international literature. He is the co-editor of The Wall in My Head, the commemorative volume celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. His writing on food and travel has appeared in Gastronomica and Hemispheres.

Appearance: • Rich Words, Poor Words (Ticketed) Saturday, 11 October 2014, 2.00pm-4.30pm





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TIM TOMLINSON is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing (New York Writers Workshop, 2006). He has lived and taught in many places throughout the world, including the UK, Italy, China, the Philippines, and Thailand. His fiction and poetry appear or are forthcoming in numerous venues, including The Blue Lyra Review, Caribbean Vistas, Coachella Review, Soundings Review, and in the anthologies Long Island Noir (Akashic Books, 2012), Fast Food Fiction (Anvil Publishing, 2003), and United Verses. He is a Master Teacher of Writing in NYU’s Global Liberal Studies program.

Appearance: • Reading Culture (Free and Open to All). See program for information.