Holly Painter is a writer and editor from Detroit, Michigan. She is the author of the poetry collection, Excerpts from a Natural History (Titus Books, 2015). Her work has also appeared in Barrelhouse, The Cream City Review, Sport, Landfall, The New Zealand Listener, Arena, and others. Holly holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has taught English and creative writing at Detroit-area colleges, and interned with a non-profit that brings free creative writing workshops to schoolchildren in southeast Michigan. Holly lives with her wife and baby son in Singapore and is currently working on a new collection of poetry and a non-fiction book on obsolete jobs. You can visit her at hollypainter.com.
Laurel Fantauzzo is a third culture writer, born and raised in California by a Filipina mother and an Italian American father. She explores love, identity, home, and the weather in her writing, with the Philippines as her most frequent setting. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Esquire Philippines, CutBank, The Manila Review, and Buzzfeed Buzzreads, among other venues. Her young adult novel in progress was awarded an Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice fiction grant. She was a 2014 Hedgebrook resident on Whidbey Island, Washington, and a 2013 Don Carlos Palanca awardee. Her nonfiction book THE FIRST IMPULSE delves into a Metro Manila love story and unsolved mystery; it is forthcoming in the Philippines in 2016. She currently divides her homes between Singapore and Quezon City. You can visit her at laurelfantauzzo.com
Featuring a student reader from the Yale-NUS Literary Collective.
Reception at the Writers’ Centre to follow