Cyril Wong

Cyril Wong has been labeled Singapore's first confessional poet, according to The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry, based on "the brutally candid sexuality in his poetry, along with a barely submerged anxiety over the fragility of human connection and a relentless self-querying." He is the Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of poetry collections such as Unmarked Treasure, Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light, The Dictator's Eyebrow and After You. He has also published Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me and Other Stories and a novel, The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza. Cyril has served as a mentor under the Creative Arts Programme and the Mentor Access Project, as well as a judge for the Golden Point Awards in Singapore. He edited, Here and Beyond: 12 Stories, an Ethos Books anthology of short fiction that is studied by Secondary Schools in Singapore. A past recipient of the National Arts Council's Young Artist Award for Literature, he completed his doctoral degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore in 2012. His writings have been anthologised in Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (W. W. Norton 2008) and Chinese Erotic Poems (Everyman's Library 2007), among various other international journals and magazines. His work has also been translated into Japanese, Italian and Russian. He runs the poetry webjournal, SOFTBLOW, and was a co-editor of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. He is also a renegade countertenor who has sung at the Seoul Fringe Festival and the Hong Kong Fringe Club.