Eastlit Writers April 2016

The list of Eastlit Writers April 2016 is alphabetical by first name:

Anna Yin

Anna Yin was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 1999.  A finalist for Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award (2011/2012), Anna has authored six poetry books and won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, the 2010/2014 MARTY Literary Arts Awards and the 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC etc.  Her poems in English & Chinese and ten translations by her were in a Canadian Studies textbook used by Humber College. CBC Radio, Rogers TV, the Toronto Star and Mississauga media interviewed her for her poetry and events. Her poem “Still Life” was showcased for the Poetry In Transit project on buses across Canada in 2013. Published in/on Arc Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, World Journal, Cha etc, her poetry is well regarded and she was invited to read on Parliament Hill. Her “Poetry Alive” educational programs combining computer arts and audience participation have been welcomed by schools, colleges and libraries, especially for thePoets in Schools Program. Twice a “Living book” for the Living Library at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Anna is currently Ontario representative for the League of Canadian Poets and Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate. Website:annapoetry.com

Claire Yu Li Lim

Claire Lim is a Malaysian student pursuing a masters in law with business in the UK. Her first love is literature and she looks to writing as a form of expression. Literature is her major source of inspiration and creative outlet away from the ridiculous amount of corporate and legal jargon she encounters in her daily life

Connla Stokes

Connla Stokes is a Dublin-born, Vietnam-based writer. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City where he divides his time neatly between writing for money and writing for nothing. His fiction has also been published online by Litro Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Barcelona Review and Zouch Magazine and in print by Total Cardboard (Australia), Sleepers Almanac (Australia) and Esik Cini (Turkey). His day-to-day musings can be found at the-comical-hat.tumblr.com.

Dorothy Hom

Dorothy Hom is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at Stony Brook University, NY. She has been published in Hipppocampus Magazine, Lumenmag.net, The Southampton Review and Edible East End. Her essays have been recommended by the Medium Daily Digest at Medium.com.

Eric Stinton

Eric is a writer and a teacher from Kailua, Hawaii. After studying creative writing at Chapman University and special education at the University of Hawaii, he has been living in Seoul with his fiance and dachshund for the past two years. His fiction and poetry have been published in The Chrysalis, Rain Bird, and Elephant Tree, and his essays have appeared on The Classical. He is a columnist for Sherdog and Honolulu Civil Beat, where he was named one of 2015’s emerging writers from Hawaii. You can find his work at ericstinton.com.

Flavia Rocha Loures

Flavia Rocha Loures is a poet and an environmental attorney, born in Curitiba, Brazil, who has been writing since the age of 11. She feels compelled to seek, write and share poetry, thereby recreating her small, intimate cosmos, only to, paradoxically, leave it wide open for others to see. In High School, she received an award and had her poems published for the first time. In 2010, her first full-length poetry book – Vida em Versos/Life in Rhymes – was released, with poems in both Portuguese and English. While living in the US until December 2013, she seized several opportunities to display, recite and publish her work. Back in Brazil in 2014, she participated in several poetry meetings and events. In October 2014, she represented Brazil in the 30th International Poetry Festival of Trois-Rivières, in Canada. She now lives in Xiamen, China, and is a PhD candidate in international water law at Xiamen University. In October 2015, she hosted the first poetry soiree at Amoy Brau in Xiamen, which has since become a popular monthly event, with an engaged and loyal audience. Poets are from various countries and recite their own pieces and those by their favorite authors, in both English and Chinese, as well as original poems in French and Portuguese and their translations into English. Participants remain in touch and continue to exchange poetry through a wechat group that started with three people and now counts 116 poetry lovers.

Kenneth Robbins

Kenneth Robbins is the author of 4 published novels, 26 published plays, numerous essays, stories, and memoirs, and co-editor of 4 anthologies of literary works. My novels have been recognized as the Associated Writing Programs Novel Award and the Toni Morrison Prize for Fiction. My plays have been produced throughout the US, Canada, Japan, and Denmark. Currently, I am a full-time novelist and playwright and teach
honors theatre at Louisiana Tech University.

Kunjana Parashar

Kunjana Parashar is a poet based in Mumbai, India and is currently pursuing her MA in English Literature from Mumbai University. She enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Lynn Tait

Lynn Tait is an award-winning poet/photographer from Canada living in Sarnia Ontario. Her poems have appeared in various Canadian journals including CV2, Freefall and Vallum. Her photographs have graced the covers of Poetry books and magazines. She has written poetry reviews for Verse Afire, The Ontario Poetry Society’s magazine. She is a member of The Ontario Poetry Society and the League of Canadian Poets.

Manoj Nair

Writing is Manoj’s respite from the Corporate World where he has been working for more than 16 years post his Engineering degree and a much touted MBA. He is a Chevening Gurukul Scholar of the 2008 batch at the London School of Economics and a member of Mensa.

Manoj is new to the world of writing and has a story published in E Fiction India magazine (A Languid Sunday Afternoon – vol 03, Issue 08). He is also a member of the Bangalore Writers Workshop since 2015. Having travelled a bit and  lived all over India ,Manoj is now based out of Bangalore.

M.D. Tahsin

M.D. Tahsin is currently studying a Bachelors in English Literature at Far east International University in Dhaka Bangladesh.

Nirjhar Dutta

He is currently employed at Wipro Technologies, Hyderabad, India. He loves to read fictions, biographies, listen music( those soothes his ear drums). He writes poems, essays and short stories and hopes to build a house by a lake from where he can pursue authoring as a career.

Rizwan Akhtar

Rizwan Akhtar is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Punjab University, Lahore Pakistan.   His poems have appeared in Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry NZ, Wasafiri, Postcolonial Text (Canada), decanto, Poesia (US), Exiled Ink, Pakistaniat : A Journal of Pakistani Studies(US), Solidarity International, Orbis, Edinburgh Poetry Journal, Alban Lake Publishing(US), The Other Poetry, The Waggle, Planet; The Welsh International, Wolf, South Asian Review, Gutter: New Scottish Writings, Open Road Review, Cortegena(US), ScottishPen, tinfoildresses (US), and in Bloodaxe anthology Out of Bounds (2011)”.

Theophilus Kwek

Theophilus is the author of two collections, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue (2011) and Circle Line (2013), which was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2014. He won the Martin Starkie Prize in 2014 and the Jane Martin Prize in 2015, and is President of the Oxford University Poetry Society.

Valerie Wong

Valerie Wong was born in Toronto, grew up in Hong Kong and is currently working as a management consultant in New York. As a Third Culture Kid (TCK), she is at once a local and a foreigner wherever she goes.

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