What’s New with the Crew? A Monthly Update

The Asymptote staff have been keeping busy!

Fresh from working on the fabulous Summer 2018 issue of Asymptote, our team members have been busy with their own creative endeavors. Read on to find out what we have been writing, doing, and learning!

Contributing Editor Aamer Hussein recently judged the McKitterick Prize. The prize, which honors the first novel by a writer over the age of forty, went to Nigerian writer Anietie Isong for his debut novel, Radio Sunrise.

Communications Manager Alexander Dickow has had quite a summer: other than publishing poetry in Place de La Sorbonne, he also recently wrote for Paragraph and Plume (which also ran his translations of Max Jacob’s poetry). His work also appeared in La Revue des Sciences Humaines, Littérature, and larevue*.

Guest Artist Liaison Berny Tan recently concluded a month-long exhibition “A Catalogue of Imaginary Cartography,” especially commissioned by Shophouse & Co for Singapore’s National Library Board’s annual reading festival.  

Drama Editor Caridad Svich, who was recently interviewed on the lack of female written works in theatre, will feature in this year’s Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, taking place at Music Theatre Philly, from Aug 2–5.

Assistant Managing Editor Jacob Silkstone published a new poem in the latest issue of Ofi Press (Mexico) and is currently poet-in-residence for Old Low Light‘s North Atlantic Drift project.

Congratulations to our Indonesia Editor-at-Large and Australia Editor-at-Large, Norman Erikson Pasaribu and Tiffany Tsao! English PEN has awarded them a PEN Translates award for Norman’s poetry collection, Sergius Seeks Bacchus. The translation will be undertaken by Tiffany and published early next year by Tilted Axis Press. The poem “A Flyer” by Norman and translated by Tiffany also appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation’s special LGBTQ+ issue, “The House of Thirst.”

Singapore Editor-at-Large Theophilus Kwek recently participated in The Timeless Compass History Dialogue with a lecture on Singapore literature (aka SingLit); he discussed how the boundaries of this canon have been actively defined and redefined over the years.


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