Writers in Celebration: Focus on America

The Wee Kim Wee Centre has organized 5 successful American Writers Festivals to date since 2010. This year we have embarked on a new journey. This year our festival will continue to share works by three American Writers yet capture the local writing spirit in Singapore and in Asia.

Essentially, Reading is solitary and Writing is essentially solitary. It is through events like these that we can bridge both worlds.  This year we have invited three distinguished writers: Richard Deming, Sholeh Wolpe and R. Zamora Linmark.

We hope that you will come and connect with our best-selling authors as they discuss their inspiration, share their writing secrets and encourage us as the audience to follow their dream.

We invite you to have a lively and personal front row seat as we launch this new literary experience

  • Richard Deming

    Richard Deming is a poet and a theorist whose work explores the intersections of poetry, philosophy, and visual culture. His collection of poems, Let’s Not Call It Consequence(Shearsman, 2008), received the 2009 Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America. His new book of poems, Day for Night, has recently been published. He is also the author of Listening on All Sides: Toward an Emersonian Ethics of Reading (Stanford UP, 2008), and he contributes to such magazines as Artforum, Sight & Sound, and The Boston Review. His poems have appeared in such places as Iowa Review, Field, American Letters & Commentary, and The Nation. Winner of the Berlin Prize, he was the Spring 2012 John P. Birkelund Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He teaches at Yale University where he is the Director of Creative Writing....   Read More

    Richard Deming


  • Sholeh Wolpe

    Sholeh Wolpé is a poet, literary translator and writer. She was born in Iran and spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. Wolpé’s work include four collections of poetry, a play, three books of translations, and three anthologies. Her recent work includes her translation of Sufi mystic poet Attar’s masterpiece, The Conference of the Birds, which was awarded the prestigious PEN/Heim grant and lauded as an “artful and exquisite modern translation.” Besides her many accolades and awards, Wolpé has performed her poems and translations with world renowned musicians. She is currently based in Los Angeles....   Read More

    Sholeh Wolpe


  • R. Zamora Linmark

    Born in Philippines and raised in Hawaii, R. Zamora Linmark is the author of three poetry collections, "Prime Time Apparitions", "The Evolution of a Sigh", and "Drive-By Vigils", all from Hanging Loose Press. He also published two novels, "Leche" (Coffee House Press) and "Rolling the R's", which he'd adapted for the stage and premiered at Kumu Kahua Theater in Honolulu in 2008. A recipient of several grants and awards, including two Fulbright fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in Poetry, he lives in Honolulu....   Read More

    R. Zamora Linmark