Gaudy Boy

Gaudy Boy From Latin "gaudium" meaning joy, Gaudy Boy is a new press publishing voices of Asian heritage that seek to delight readers. From the Latin "gaudium" meaning joy, Gaudy Boy publishes Asian writing that seeks to delight readers.

The name is taken from “Gaudy Turnout,” a poem by Singaporean author Arthur Yap, about his time abroad in Leeds, UK. Similarly inspired, Gaudy Boy brings literary works by authors of Asian heritage to the attention of an American audience. We are interested in publishing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction of exceptional merit. Please query Jee Leong Koh at [email protected] with a book proposal.

Lit Balm Reading Series with our very own Gaudy Boy authors. Join us on Zoom two weeks from now!
08/04/2020

Lit Balm Reading Series with our very own Gaudy Boy authors. Join us on Zoom two weeks from now!

"In this agile debut, Mendoza flits from sex to violence to loneliness and longing, weaving a tapestry of emotion. . . ....
08/04/2020
Play for Time: Poems

"In this agile debut, Mendoza flits from sex to violence to loneliness and longing, weaving a tapestry of emotion. . . . A clever wordsmith with a canny perception of the layers of human emotion, Mendoza is a poet to watch." --Publishers Weekly

https://bookshop.org/books/play-for-time-poems/9780982814277

Selected by Vijay Seshadri as the winner of the 2019 Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. "Unimpeachable . . . round and rich and exfoliating with intuition, hesitation, self-questionings, and personhood." --Vijay Seshadri, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, 3 Sections "If you were made to speak a language you la...

08/01/2020
SGBookShelf

If you're in Southeast Asia, now's your chance to get a copy or two of that Gaudy Boy title that you've been meaning to. 20% off from our Singapore printer. And free delivery with a minimum purchase of SGD55. You will love:

- Ricco Villanueva Siasoco's story collection THE FOLEY ARTIST: https://www.shop.hoprinting.com.sg/shop/books-singapore/fiction/the-foley-artist-18-00/.

- Paula Mendoza's PLAY FOR TIME: https://www.shop.hoprinting.com.sg/shop/books-singapore/poetry/play-for-time-15-00/

- Jenifer Sang Eun Park's AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF HORSE: https://www.shop.hoprinting.com.sg/shop/books-singapore/poetry/autobiography-of-horse-15-00/

- Lawrence Lacambra Ypil's THE EXPERIMENT OF THE TROPICS: https://www.shop.hoprinting.com.sg/shop/books-singapore/poetry/the-experiment-of-the-tropics-15-00/

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07/31/2020
Tania De Rozario - Artist & Writer

Congratulations, Tania De Rozario! We can't wait to read your award-winning essay.

Belated news! My essay, "There Will Be Salvation Yet", has won the 2020 New Ohio Review Nonfiction Contest!

For PEN America's World Voices Festival, fiction writer, playwright, and translator Jeremy Tiang recommends a reading li...
07/29/2020
A Linked History: A World Voices Festival Reading List From Jeremy Tiang

For PEN America's World Voices Festival, fiction writer, playwright, and translator Jeremy Tiang recommends a reading list of Singaporean and Malaysian authors. Thanks, Jeremy, for the shout-out for Alfian Sa'at's story collection MALAY SKETCHES (Gaudy Boy, 2018) and Tania De Rozario's hybrid memoir AND THE WALLS COME CRUMBLING DOWN (American edition to be released by Gaudy Boy in October 2020).

Playwright and translator Jeremy Tiang shares literary gems from Singapore and Malaysia—countries with complex, linked histories.

We are thrilled to announce the result of the 3rd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. Our warmest congratulations to the winner...
07/28/2020

We are thrilled to announce the result of the 3rd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. Our warmest congratulations to the winner Nica Bengzon! Her manuscript, OBJECT PERMANENCE, has been selected by prize judge Cyril Wong and will be published by Gaudy Boy in Spring 2021.

We are proud to share that we are publishing AND THE WALLS COME CRUMBLING DOWN (October 1) by writer and visual artist T...
07/24/2020

We are proud to share that we are publishing AND THE WALLS COME CRUMBLING DOWN (October 1) by writer and visual artist Tania De Rozario. In this radically vulnerable work, Tania masterfully lays bare the love, pain, and precarity experienced by those who face alienation and must forge their own home.

The stunning cover is designed by Flora Chan, echoing the fragmented narratives pieced together by Tania through a hybrid of queer memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetic rumination.

Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center is an indie bookstore at LES that carries titles from Gaudy Boy and man...
07/20/2020

Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center is an indie bookstore at LES that carries titles from Gaudy Boy and many other indie presses. Let’s support this queer, trans, sex worker-run radical bookshop, cafe, and activist space in staying afloat during the pandemic. #BuildAnotherWorldWithBstox by donating at paypal.me/bluestockings and spreading the word!

Looking for any summer reading suggestions? Ricco Villanueva Siasoco’s debut short stories THE FOLEY ARTIST has been fea...
07/19/2020

Looking for any summer reading suggestions? Ricco Villanueva Siasoco’s debut short stories THE FOLEY ARTIST has been featured in Memorious magazine’s gorgeous summer reading list, alongside other great titles including The Absurd Man by Major Jackson, Took House by Lauren Camp and others. Add these books to your shopping lists and support your local bookstore by shopping online with Bookshop.org. Gaudy Boy will be donating all our sales proceeds from the summer to Black Lives Matter Inc.
https://memoriousmag.wordpress.com/2020/06/15/summer-reading-contributor-books-2020-jan-june/

Paula Mendoza (Play for Time, May 2020) advocates for hope and sustained action during this critical time: “Anti-racist ...
07/17/2020

Paula Mendoza (Play for Time, May 2020) advocates for hope and sustained action during this critical time: “Anti-racist work is a lifelong commitment and I'm so grateful that our current moment of global uprisings offers some balm for our rage and grief. The Black Lives Matter protests have cleared noxious clouds to cast a bright, clarifying ray of hope—hope for change, for lasting progress, and for justice to bring peace to so many brutalized by the police and other agents of white supremacy. I hope these protests revive and steel us all, from those who've been fighting for a long time, to those newly energized into this difficult and necessary work. My poetry is not my body marching in the street, but both serve justice, which is simply love made public. I'm so proud to be a part of the Gaudy Boy catalogue, and of the Singapore Unbound family, for all the work they do, and for this opportunity to offer our voice and support to this movement. ”

Gaudy Boy will be donating all our sales proceeds from the summer to Black Lives Matter Inc. Check out our list: https://singaporeunbound.org/gaudyboy

Looking for professional feedback on your poetry or creative non-fiction manuscript? Book a session with our consultant ...
07/16/2020

Looking for professional feedback on your poetry or creative non-fiction manuscript? Book a session with our consultant Jenifer Sang Eun Park.

Please check our website to book the session, https://mailchi.mp/75ac3a702689/consult-writer-and-donate

Jenifer’s Autobiography of Horse is the co-winner of the inaugural Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize, selected by Wong May. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Alabama.

Jenifer calls for an antiracist society: “I stand for all forms of the reckoning required by our non-Black community, by the police state, and by all other systems of governance both structural and personally internalized in order to establish a truly antiracist society.”

Gaudy Boy will be donating all our sales proceeds from the summer to Black Lives Matter Inc. Check out our list: https://singaporeunbound.org/gaudyboy

Looking for professional feedback on your poetry? Book a session with our poetry consultants Jenny Xie, Paula Mendoza, a...
07/15/2020

Looking for professional feedback on your poetry? Book a session with our poetry consultants Jenny Xie, Paula Mendoza, and Tania De Rozario.

Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and a recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. She has taught at NYU and Princeton.

Paula Mendoza's Play for Time was selected by Vijay Seshadri as the winner of the 2019 Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. She teaches creative writing at the University of Utah, where she is completing her Ph.D.

Tania De Rozario is a writer, visual artist, and author of Tender Delirium, And The Walls Come Crumbling Down, and Somewhere Else, Another You, all published by Math Paper Press. And The Walls Come Crumbling Down will see its North American release from Gaudy Boy in Fall 2020.

Consulting fee: a donation of USD100 or more. Please check our website to book the session

https://mailchi.mp/75ac3a702689/consult-writer-and-donate

Looking for professional feedback on your fiction manuscript? Book a session with our fiction consultants Kimberley Lim,...
07/14/2020

Looking for professional feedback on your fiction manuscript? Book a session with our fiction consultants Kimberley Lim, Manish Melwani.

Kimberley Lim is an editor with seven years of experience at a NYC trade publisher, Kim is interested in working with underrepresented voices that break boundaries in defiance of established power norms. She is also the managing editor of Gaudy Boy as well as the founder and co-editor of OF ZOOS, an online literary magazine.

Manish Melwani is a Singaporean author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His work has been published in Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories, and in the Shirley Jackson Award-winning anthology series Shadows and Tall Trees. He attended the Clarion Writers' Workshop.

Consulting fee: a donation of USD100 or more. Please check our website to book the session.

https://mailchi.mp/75ac3a702689/consult-writer-and-donate

Looking for professional feedback on your poetry? Book a session with our poetry consultants Cyril Wong, Jee Leong Koh a...
07/13/2020

Looking for professional feedback on your poetry? Book a session with our poetry consultants Cyril Wong, Jee Leong Koh and Lydia Kwa.

Cyril Wong is a poet and fictionist in Singapore with a doctoral degree in English Literature from the National University of Singapore. His latest book is Infinity Diary, published by Seagull Books. He is the Winner of two Singapore Literature Prizes.

Jee Leong Koh is the author of Steep Tea (Carcanet), named as one of the best books of the year by UK’s Financial Times and a Finalist by Lambda Literary in the USA. He is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Gaudy Boy, a NYC-based indie press publishing Asian voices, and the Poetry Editor of The Evergreen Review.

Lydia Kwa was born in Singapore, but has lived in Canada for most of her life. She has published four novels and two books of poetry, two chapbooks, and has had two art exhibitions.

Consulting fee: a donation of USD100 or more. Please check our website to book the session.

https://mailchi.mp/75ac3a702689/consult-writer-and-donate

Singapore Unbound
07/13/2020
Singapore Unbound

Singapore Unbound

3 more days to submit to the 6th Singapore Poetry Contest! Deadline July 15. Awards of USD100, 50, and 20 will go to the top three winners. Contest entry is free.

We are looking for poems that include the word “Singapore” (or its variants) in some creative manner. The poems do not have to be about Singapore; in fact, we prefer it if the poems are not about Singapore. They just have to use the word “Singapore” in a way significant to the poems’ own subject and method. Read the winners of last year's contest below for fine examples.

And here’s another wrinkle: the contest is only open to poets who are NOT a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident in Singapore.

Submission guidelines: https://singaporeunbound.org/opportunities

Photo credit: Copyright Jon Gresham. All rights reserved 2019. www.igloomelts.com.

https://singaporeunbound.org/blog/2019/7/28/5th-singapore-poetry-contest-results

Looking for professional feedback on your fiction manuscript? Book a session with our fiction consultants Balli Kaur Jas...
07/12/2020

Looking for professional feedback on your fiction manuscript? Book a session with our fiction consultants Balli Kaur Jaswal or Jeremy Tiang.

Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of four novels, including the international bestseller Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and Sugarbread, a finalist for the Singapore Literature Prize. She teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at Yale-NUS College.

Jeremy Tiang is a novelist, playwright, and translator from Chinese, currently based in Flushing, Queens. His novel State of Emergency won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018.

Consulting fee: a donation of USD100 or more. Please check our website to book the session.

https://mailchi.mp/75ac3a702689/consult-writer-and-donate

CONSULT A WRITER AND DONATE TO SINGAPORE LIT FESTLooking for insightful feedback on your work? For a donation of USD100,...
07/12/2020
Consult a Writer and Donate to Singapore Lit Fest

CONSULT A WRITER AND DONATE TO SINGAPORE LIT FEST

Looking for insightful feedback on your work? For a donation of USD100, you will obtain professional comments on your poems (up to 100 lines), short fiction (up to 2500 words), or creative non-fiction (up to 2500 words) during a 30-minute virtual consultation with a published author or an experienced editor. Consultants include Jee Leong Koh, Jenny Xie, Jeremy Tiang, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Cyril Wong, Kimberley Lim, Lydia Kwa, Jenifer Sang Eun Park among others. Sessions are available from July through September 2020. For more information, please check our website

https://mailchi.mp/75ac3a702689/consult-writer-and-donate

Freedom of Expression. Equal Rights for All.

Congratulations to our finalists of the 3rd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize!
07/07/2020

Congratulations to our finalists of the 3rd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize!

Work with Lawrence Lacambra Ypil one-on-one on your poems or creative non-fiction and make a donation to the 2020 Singap...
07/04/2020

Work with Lawrence Lacambra Ypil one-on-one on your poems or creative non-fiction and make a donation to the 2020 Singapore Lit Fest! Lawrence is offering 4 sessions, in early July and late August.

Lawrence is the winner of the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award and the co-winner of the inaugural Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. Other awards include The Academy of American Poets Prize, the Philippines Free Press Awards, and the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. He teaches creative writing at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

For more details and application guidelines: https://singaporeunbound.org/join-us

(Photo credit: Jona Branzuela Bering)

Work with Lawrence Lacambra Ypil one-on-one on your poems or creative non-fiction and make a donation to the 2020 Singapore Lit Fest! Lawrence is offering 4 sessions, in early July and late August.

Lawrence is the winner of the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award and the co-winner of the inaugural Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. Other awards include The Academy of American Poets Prize, the Philippines Free Press Awards, and the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. He teaches creative writing at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

For more details and application guidelines: https://singaporeunbound.org/join-us

(Photo credit: Jona Branzuela Bering)

Ricco Siasoco will be chatting about THE FOLEY ARTIST with Bel Canto Books owner and head booknerd Jhoanna. Join their k...
06/21/2020
Wine-ing About Books (with guest Ricco Villanueva Siasoco)

Ricco Siasoco will be chatting about THE FOLEY ARTIST with Bel Canto Books owner and head booknerd Jhoanna. Join their kickback on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 4:20 PM to 5:20 PM PDT:
https://www.meetup.com/Bel-Canto-Books-Book-Lovers-Meetup-Group/events/271169717/.

Wed, Jun 24, 2020, 4:20 PM: Pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and join Bel Canto Books owner and head booknerd Jhoanna for “Wine-ing About Books,” an online chat and happy hour for booki

Gaudy Boy stands wholeheartedly with the Black Lives Matter movement in its fight against both systemic and casual racis...
06/17/2020

Gaudy Boy stands wholeheartedly with the Black Lives Matter movement in its fight against both systemic and casual racism. As a small indie press bringing Asian voices to an American audience, we fight to bring ideas and voices that change us and our society for the better. We will be donating all our sales proceeds to Black Lives Matter Inc. all summer long. As we celebrate Pride 2020 within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, it is especially timely to remember that Pride began as a protest against police brutality and was spearheaded by queer people of color. Let's continue the fight against discrimination and support Asian and queer literature.

Check out our list: https://singaporeunbound.org/gaudyboy

Gaudy Boy stands wholeheartedly with the Black Lives Matter movement in its fight against both systemic and casual racis...
06/12/2020

Gaudy Boy stands wholeheartedly with the Black Lives Matter movement in its fight against both systemic and casual racism. As a small indie press bringing Asian voices to an American audience, we fight to bring ideas and voices that change us and our society for the better. We will be donating all our sales proceeds to Black Lives Matter Inc. all summer long. As we celebrate Pride 2020 within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, it is especially timely to remember that Pride began as a protest against police brutality and was spearheaded by queer people of color. Let's continue the fight against discrimination and support Asian and queer literature.

Check out our list: https://singaporeunbound.org/gaudy-boy

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05/30/2020

Gaudy Boy's cover photo

Paula Jane Mendoza: I donated $25 to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, an organization that pays criminal and immigration bail...
05/29/2020
Support Minnesota Freedom Fund on GiveMN

Paula Jane Mendoza: I donated $25 to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, an organization that pays criminal and immigration bail bonds. They're working to pay bail for those who were jailed protesting George Floyd's murder. Other organizations that can use your help right now:

Black Visions Collective: https://secure.everyaction.com/4omQDAR0oUiUagTu0EG-Ig2

Reclaim the Block:
https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2…

I currently have 25 copies of my book and they're available for sale at www.paulajanemendoza.com. If you want to purchase my book & donate at least $15 to any of these organizations, send me a screenshot (text, FB/IG/Twitter message) of your receipt of donation and I will give you a discount code for 50% off my book.

If you donate at least $10 to your local mutual aid chapter, I've a discount code for 25% off my book.

We can end cash bail, and we can help people trapped in an unfair system today!

05/03/2020
Ask the Judge—Cyril Wong

We had a great interview with Cyril Wong, the judge of our 3rd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. Thank you everyone for joining us!

If you missed it, here's a snippet of Cyril Wong giving advice to young poets. He reminds poets to be conscious about the metaphors that recur in your writing, whether it is a certain colour or image. Think about why you're obsessed about it and how it connect to the themes that you touch on. Develop it so that the metaphor can evolve throughout your collection.

For the full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdSV_M7G2bA

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