The first issue of Junoesq Literary Journal, founded by poet, editor, and 2011-2012 national NAC-NTU Writer-in-Residence at Nanyang Technological University, Grace Chia, is now live!
The Singapore-based quarterly online journal features poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that celebrates the female experience and its expression. “It is a dedicated space for diverse and unique voices intersecting literature, culture and art in all forms, from the literary to the feminist, the experimental to the autobiographical, the anthropological to the confessional, the academic to the domestic,” writes Chia.
Issue 1 must-reads include: three poems each by Grace Chua and Jasmine Ann Cooray; excerpts from two novels (Kaurava: The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 2 and A Certain Exposure) and interviews with the novelists, Krishna Udayasankar and Jolene Tan, respectfully; and an essay, “My Grandmother’s Story,” by Yu-Mei Balasingamchow*.
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Junoesq Literary Journal is open for submissions! The journal considers poetry, fiction (short stories, flash fiction), and nonfiction (creative nonfiction, personal or academic essays, memoir, travelogue) by women writers. All contributors retain copyright of their work. The deadline for Issue 2 is September 30, and January 15 for Issue 3.
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* “My Grandmother’s Story” by Yu-Mei Balasingamchow was inspired by “What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Singapore History and Heritage,” a public conversation at BooksActually that addressed the (hi)stories that get written over, that don’t get consumed, that are not easy to tell. In her essay, Yu-Mei explores further the recent surge in interest in Singapore history, as well as activism around heritage issues. “What are the reasons for this new—or is it a renewed—interest in history?” she asks. “What is it that people are really trying to ‘remember,’ and what is the effect of all this on the understanding of Singapore history, culture, and identity as a result?” Go read it!