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Minh Bui Jones is the founding editor of Mekong Review, a literary quarterly publishing fiction, non-fiction and poetry from Southeast Asia. He was also the founding editor of The Diplomat. He has worked in the media for three decades, including stints as a television producer at SBS-TV, reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald and news editor at Asia Times Online

 




Balli Kaur Jaswal made an international name for herself with her bestselling novel, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, which was picked up by Reese’s Book Club, headed by Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon, who called it “a mystery, a romance, a family drama … and yes, it’s spicy!” Balli’s previous novel, Sugarbread, was shortlisted for the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize and the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize. She has another novel coming out, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters.



Professor Rajeev S. Patke is the Director of the Division of Humanities at Yale-NUS College. He has a BA and MA in English Literature from University of Pune, India, and an MPhil from Oxford in Modern English and American Literature, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Professor Patke’s Oxford DPhil dissertation on the long poems of Wallace Stevens was published by Cambridge University Press in 1985.

Professor Patke’s research interests include postcolonial and modernist writing in English, the works of Walter Benjamin, and the relation of poetry and painting to the idea of representation. He has recently researched the literary cultures of islands, and is currently working on the relation between tradition and the individual artist in Indian classical vocal music.

Tan Pin Pin has carved a career making films that question the idea of Singapore. From traversing Singapore to find out how long it takes to cross the island, 38 mins, to traversing the world to speak with her political exiles, her films question gaps in history, memory, and documentation. They include Singapore GaGa [2005], Invisible City [2007], To Singapore, with Love [2013], and IN TIME TO COME [2017].

They have screened at the Berlinale, Hot Docs, Busan, Visions du Réel, SXSW, and at the Flaherty Seminar as well as a retrospective at RIDM. She is a co-founding member of filmcommunitysg, an advocacy group for independent filmmakers. She is currently a board member of the Singapore International Film Festival, as well as a former board member of the National Archives of Singapore and The Substation. In 2018, she was one of two Singaporeans to be invited to join the Acadamy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, USA.

Edmund Wee is the Publisher and CEO of Epigram Books, a Singaporean imprint that champions local literature and writers. Best known for its bestselling graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye and children’s series The Diary of Amos Lee, it has also published landmark translations of novels and short story collections by Cultural Medallion winners, fresh fiction by emerging authors, and republished out-of-print novels for a new generation of readers. For his efforts, he was included in the Straits Times Life! Power List of arts, entertainment and lifestyle players three years in succession.

In 2015, he launched the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in search of the next big Singaporean novel, and announced the inaugural winner, O Thiam Chin. The winning novel, Now That It’s Over, along with the manuscripts of the finalists, were published the following year.