Grace Chia

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Grace Chia is a Singaporean writer, poet, journalist and editor.


She has published numerous books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including a novel, The Wanderlusters and a short story collection, Every Moving Thing That Lives Shall Be Food. Her poetry collections are Mother of All Questions published in 2017 by Math Paper Press, Cordelia published in 2012 by Ethos Books and womango in 1998 by Rank Books. The chapbook The Cuckoo Conundrum was featured in The Straits Times as one of the choice picks from a box set series of chapbooks published by the NAC-NTU Writer-in-Residencies.[citation needed]

womango engages confessional poetry, poetic prose, concrete poetry and performance poetry to explore themes of identity politics from an Asian, female point of view. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, former Director of the Singapore Writers Festival, Paul Tan, described her work, along with Cyril Wong, as "sensuous and provocative".[1] Publishers Weekly singled out her short story, "Dewy", amongst many others in the speculative fiction anthology, Fish Eats Lion: New Singaporean Speculative Fiction edited by Jason Erik Lundberg for being one of two "uncomfortable takes on domestic employment's darker side".[2]

Her poetry and short stories have been anthologised in publications in Singapore, US, Australia, Germany, France, Hong Kong and Serbia, including Singapore Literature in English: An Anthology, The Brooklyn Rail, Mining for Meaning, Merlion: An Anthology of Poems, Fish Eats Lion, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, UnFree Verse, Stylus Poetry Journal, die horen, La Traductiere and Knijzevne Novine.

She was the inaugural (National) NAC-NTU Writer-in-Residence for 2011-2012.


  1. ^ "50 Shades of Desire: Bringing Sex to the Singapore Writers Festival". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Fish Eats Lion: New Singaporean Speculative Fiction". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 22 June 2016.