2021 Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize Finalists' Reading

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Saturday, September 11, 8-9.30 pm ET
Organized by Gaudy Boy, the publishing arm of Singapore Unbound:

At this very special online event, all five finalists—King Llanza (Philippines), Miguel Barretto García (Switzerland/UK), Andre Bagoo (Trinidad), Jhani Randhawa (USA), and Amy Ching-Yan Lam (Canada)—read from their manuscripts. The prize judge Dorothy Wang commented on each manuscript and announced the winner, Jhani Randhawa (TIME REGIME).

King Llanza is a writer from Lucena City, Quezon Province, the Philippines. His poems have appeared in amberflora, Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine, SAND: Berlin’s English Literary Journal, and Cordite Poetry Review, among others. He previously worked as a pollution control officer of an auto dealership. He recently graduated with a MSc degree in Environmental Science and Ecosystem Management.

Miguel Barretto García holds a PhD in decision neuroscience at the University of Zürich. Their poems have appeared or have been accepted Rattle, Magma, wildness, harana, The Kindling, Seventh Wave, The Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Cordite Poetry Review, among others. They also publish poems in Cebuano, many of them found in the online literary lighthouse, Kabisdak. Born in the Philippines to a mixed-race Chinese and Spanish heritage and immigrant parents, Miguel likewise immigrated to Europe as a graduate student in 2012. They are currently living between London and Zürich.

Andre Bagoo is an award-winning poet and writer from Trinidad, the author of several books of poetry including Trick Vessels (2012), BURN (Shearsman, 2015) and Pitch Lake (Peepal Tree Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared in journals such as Boston Review, Cincinnati Review, St Petersburg Review, PN Review, POETRY, and The Poetry Review. He was awarded The Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize in 2017. His essay collection, The Undiscovered Country, was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2020 and won the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Non-Fiction.

Jhani Randhawa is a queer* Kenyan-Punjabi/Anglo-American maker living in unceded Kumeyaay territory in southern California. J’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in soapear, Figure 1, O BOD, DoubleBlind Magazine, PRISM international, baest journal, TAGVVERK, and LA VAGUE, and in venues such as The Mortuary, Thymele Arts, El Cid, and the Woolen Mill Gallery. J is the recipient of a Yasmin Fellowship from the Millay Colony for the Arts and is a recent finalist for the 2021 PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship. With Teo Rivera-Dundas, J is co-founder and co-editor of rivulet.

Amy Ching-Yan Lam was born in Hong Kong and lives in Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a visual artist and curator for the past fifteen years, and has exhibited conceptual, film, and performance works internationally, both solo and as part of the collective Life of a Craphead (with Jon McCurley). Lam is a Macdowell fellow, Delfina Foundation alumna, and was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2018. Her chapbook titled The four onions is forthcoming with Yolkless Press (Calgary, Canada). She has a M.A. in creative writing from Concordia University in Montreal.

Prize Judge: Dorothy Wang is Professor and Chair of the American Studies Program at Williams College. Her book Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry (Stanford University Press, 2013) won the Association for Asian American Studies’ award for best book of literary criticism in 2016 and was chosen for The New Yorker’s list of “The Books We Loved in 2016.” She also conceived of and co-founded the “Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK” (RAPAPUK) research initiative, based in the UK.

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