Singapore Writers Festival 2020

Poet Mrigaa Sethi hosts four episodes of NO MAGIC HERE 

1) Singapore Spirits with Zarina Muhammad and Vithya Subramaniam THIS LINK

2) (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals with CAConrad THIS LINK

3) Tarot and Crystals with Angga Patria THIS LINK

4) Witches and Earth Worship with Marylyn Tan and Rebecca Tamás THIS LINK

Journalist Nyshka Chandran interviews Priya Kale about astrology THIS LINK 

TAROT WITH Nara and Singapore's baddest drag queen Becca D'Bus THIS LINK

Episode #5: Kristin Prevallet

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Kristin Prevallet is a native of Denver, Colorado, and is an interdisciplinary conceptual poet, performer, educator, and holistic practitioner. She creates cultural happenings with her books, retreats, and ritualistic events. Her work is deeply informed by the semantics of sacred geometry, somatic healing, innovative poetics, and conceptual art. She is the author of eight books, including two indispensable books about the connections between the body, healing, and language: Trance Poetics and Visualize Comfort: Healing and the Unconscious Mind. Please read more at her website:

Episode #4: Sarah Shin

Our 4th episode was recorded on December 18th, 2019

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Sarah Shin is a publisher, curator, and writer. She is the founder of New Suns, a curation and storytelling project, and co-founder and director of Ignota Books and Silver Press. 
Some of the books we mentioned:
SPELLS: 21st-Century Occult Poetry, coedited with Rebecca Tamas (Ignota Books)
States of the Body Produced By Love, by Nisha Ramayya (Ignota Books)
Your Silence Will Not Protect You, by Audre Lorde (Silver Press)

Episode #3: LeAnne Howe

Our 3rd episode was recorded on December 9th, 2019 in Athens, Georgia.

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LeAnne Howe, born and raised in Oklahoma, is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation.  Some awards include: the Western Literature Association’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for her body of work; the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures; 2012 United States Artists Ford Fellowship; and a 2010 Fulbright Scholarship to Jordan.  She received the American Book Award in 2002 for her first novel, Shell Shaker.  Her most recent book, Savage Conversations, 2019, Coffee House Press, is the story of Mary Todd Lincoln and a Savage Indian spirit that she (Mary) imagined was torturing her nightly.  Based on Mary Todd Lincoln’s letters and reports from her doctors, scholar Philip J. Deloria writes,  “[the book] explodes with the stench and guilt and insanity that undergirds the American story.” 

Episode #2: Raquel Salas Rivera

Our 2nd episode was recorded on December 1st, 2019 in Philadelphia.

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Raquel Salas Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and literary critic. In 2018, they were named the Poet Laureate of Philadelphia for a two-year term. The following year they became the inaugural recipient of the Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. They are also the author of seven chapbooks and five full-length poetry books. Their third book, lo terciario/the tertiary (2nd ed., Noemi Press, 2019), was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist and won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. while they sleep (under the bed is another country), was published by Birds, LLC in 2019. Their fifth book, x/ex/exis: poemas para la nación/ poems for the nation was the first recipient of the Ambroggio Prize (Editorial Bilingüe/ Bilingual Press, 2020). They received their Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. During 2020, they will be growing trinitarias in Santurce as La Impresora’s first poet in residence. Please also read Raquel's essay on translation.

Photo by Kielinski Photography

Episode #1: Hoa Nguyen

Our first episode was recorded on October 18th, 2019 in beautiful Toronto, Canada.

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This first episode is an interview with poet Hoa Nguyen.
Hoa Nguyen's poetry collections include As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots from Wave Books. She teaches creative writing at Ryerson University, for the low residency MFA programs at Miami University and Bard College, and in a long-running, private workshop.

NEWS FLASH! The book Hoa speaks about in the interview has just been published, and it is amazing! Please click HERE for A THOUSAND TIMES YOU LOSE YOUR TREASURE (Wave Books, 2021)