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.

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

Thank you for the shoutout, Poets & Writers.We're pleased to announce that the 3rd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize is now op...
05/02/2020
Poets & Writers

Thank you for the shoutout, Poets & Writers.

We're pleased to announce that the 3rd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize is now open for your entries. The Prize is awarded annually to an unpublished manuscript of original Anglophone poetry by an author of Asian heritage residing anywhere in the world. The winner receives book publication and USD1,000.00. Past winners were Lawrence Ypil and Jenifer Park (2018 co-winners selected by Wong May), and Paula Jane Mendoza (2019 winner selected by Vijay Seshadri).

This year, we're honored to have the poet, fictionist, and critic Cyril Wong Cy Rai judge the prize. Cyril Wong is the Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of poetry collections, Unmarked Treasure and The Lover’s Inventory. A past recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award for Literature, his poems have appeared in anthologies by Norton and Everyman’s Library, and have been translated into various languages.

You can find the guidelines for entry here. The deadline is May 15, 2020. https://singaporeunbound.org/opportunities

Get a head start this month by submitting to contests with a deadline of May 15! Our latest G&A roundup features opportunities from The American Poetry Review, Gaudy Boy, Ploughshares, Ruminate Magazine, and Lost Horse Press, among others. #PWwritingcontests:

A year ago, it was our honor to receive Paula Mendoza's submission of PLAY FOR TIME. The judge, Vijay Seshadri, commende...
04/30/2020

A year ago, it was our honor to receive Paula Mendoza's submission of PLAY FOR TIME. The judge, Vijay Seshadri, commended her “unimpeachable” work for being “round and rich and exfoliating with intuition, hesitation, self-questionings, and personhood”. Tomorrow, we publish this winning poetry collection, and we can't wait!

Do you also have a poetry manuscript ready for submission? We would love the chance to read it.

The 3rd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize is now open for your entries. The Prize is awarded annually to an unpublished manuscript of original Anglophone poetry by an author of Asian heritage residing anywhere in the world. The winner receives book publication and USD1,000.00.

If you would like to find out more, join us for a very special 30-minute interview with Cyril Wong: http://tinyurl.com/gb-askthejudge

Gaudy Boy's cover photo
04/29/2020

Gaudy Boy's cover photo

"What makes this poetry stellar is how Mendoza’s rigorous diction leads to fresh ways of saying those things-said-before...
04/29/2020
PLAY FOR TIME by PAULA MENDOZA

"What makes this poetry stellar is how Mendoza’s rigorous diction leads to fresh ways of saying those things-said-before-but-not-often-heard, and this is even before she disrupts English with non-English. In many poems, phrases contain hauntings of how things used to be said: “I’m goring for the kill” (from the poem with its scalpel-honed title, “My Demon is Sad All It Can Be Is Complicit”) could be “I’m going (in) for the kill” but Mendoza’s phrasing is less normative and slack, thus pause-inducing for the reader to consider what the poem is presenting; “goring,” obviously, is also more powerful and energetic than “going” and poetry’s shoulds, should they exist, certainly should include said power and energy."—Eileen Tabios, winner of the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry.

Pre-order at:
Bookshop: https://tinyurl.com/pftbookshop
Indiebound: https://tinyurl.com/pftindiebound
Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/pftamazon

EILEEN TABIOS Engages PLAY FOR TIME by Paula Mendoza (Gaudy Boy, 2020) BOOK LINK Four poems into the book, I arrogantly...

We can't wait for Paula Jane Mendoza's reading on May 9 (ET) / May 10 (SGT). For those who are not based in NYC & have f...
04/26/2020

We can't wait for Paula Jane Mendoza's reading on May 9 (ET) / May 10 (SGT). For those who are not based in NYC & have feared missing out, here's your chance to join us virtually: https://tinyurl.com/pftreading

Danielle Pafunda, the author of Spite (The Operating System), writes, "Play for Time snips narrative’s connective tissue, unravels arcs, knots, filmstrips, secrets, and viscera... She writes, ‘Of course I make it about the body. / What else will measure?’, and so this book is one such thrilling attempt to measure. For that is life, and life was over there, but now it is here, in Mendoza’s poems—‘wilder, as in weather.’”

Pre-order at:
Bookshop: https://tinyurl.com/pftbookshop
Indiebound: https://tinyurl.com/pftindiebound
Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/pftamazon

Now There Is Only a Station - Advanced 2D Animation — The Arts and Humanities Salon
04/25/2020
Now There Is Only a Station - Advanced 2D Animation — The Arts and Humanities Salon

Now There Is Only a Station - Advanced 2D Animation — The Arts and Humanities Salon

Advanced 2D Animation: Now There Is Only a StationAnimators: Andrew Kwan, Isabel Fang, Alfred Jason Tai, Agatha Tan, Kyle Foo, Nicolas KangPoem and Voice-over: Prof Lawrence YpilGuide and Advisor: Prof Yanyun ChenMusic: Andrew Kwan  “Now There Is Only a Station” is a collaborative project by st...

Thank you The Unpublishables for the shoutout! Poetry writers- Please check out our Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize! Submiss...
04/25/2020
The Unpublishables

Thank you The Unpublishables for the shoutout!

Poetry writers-
Please check out our Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize! Submissions stand a chance to win 1000USD and publication in the US & SG. The deadline is May 15, 2020. Judged by Cyril Wong.

"...Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize is accepting submissions from writers of Asian heritage worldwide until May 15. The winner will receive 1000USD..." and publication. Judged by Cyril Wong.

Here's another excerpt of PLAY FOR TIME by Paula Jane Mendoza:Dehelixing Adora: A Colonial Kantá A battery of violents a...
04/23/2020
Play for Time: Poems | IndieBound.org

Here's another excerpt of PLAY FOR TIME by Paula Jane Mendoza:

Dehelixing Adora: A Colonial Kantá

A battery of violents and still the heart
data proves inconclusive.

Do our deficients coerce? I malign
your sovereignty. Alas, my talon’s

no match for your drone.
Police the alleys in this speech.

My theory stiffens your discipline.
Slavishly, this thought pulverizes love

into something I can breathe.
I can’t breathe.

Maugre my dread, I convolute to you, sahib.
O, durable truth of my adoration!

Mistake me again, I am
ugly with lust.

This weeping is consensual.
Your episteme is my ontology.

I, island adjacent, of redoubtable
splendor. Dear pirate. Plunder.

Pre-order at:
Bookshop: https://tinyurl.com/pftbookshop
Indiebound: https://tinyurl.com/pftindiebound
Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/pftamazon

Check out other excerpts here: https://tinyurl.com/versepft

"Cerebral, sensual, utterly cinematic, Paula Mendoza’s book calls to mind the silken, glassy pleasures of backstrokes th...
04/20/2020

"Cerebral, sensual, utterly cinematic, Paula Mendoza’s book calls to mind the silken, glassy pleasures of backstrokes through the surface of observations by writers who raise the spectre of the eroticized body and strip it down to its political stakes."
—Divya Victor, author of Kith (Fence Books, 2017) and Curb (Nightboat Books, 2021) on PLAY FOR TIME by Paula Jane Mendoza

Pre-order at:
Bookshop: https://tinyurl.com/pftbookshop
Indiebound: https://tinyurl.com/pftindiebound
Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/pftamazon

Thank you, Verse, for featuring excerpts from PLAY FOR TIME by Paula Jane Mendoza:Lucy Make it snakes. Whom were always ...
04/15/2020
Play for Time by Gaudy Boy

Thank you, Verse, for featuring excerpts from PLAY FOR TIME by Paula Jane Mendoza:

Lucy

Make it snakes. Whom were always deceiver and forfeit.
As I am always derivative. A sap. The sticky. Stain
of his leak. What’s crusted the slip. What makes it so
hard/beat fast/feel sad. If a matter of origin, I’ll throw up
a cosmos. Twinkle-lights pock my smile with zodiac.
Make it the first time I let him, his O-face smeared
into an Edvard taffy theatre mask. His joy was terrible.
Its in-and-in-and-in, whorls of wet, agitated sand
that could not bear my weight. Make it a heavy sound.
Make it roach scuttle in cathedrals. Make it rainstick’s
thirsty lie, faux firelight, and the gas turned up. Make it
black-out sex forgetting she had a name. I get ahead
running towards a dangling carrot’s veiny slow dissolve.
I move my lips but only his sounds come out. I motor
hind hooves and the cyclone dust kicked up vanishes me.
About my head, a red halo dilates. She is not my own
god, I am my own. My god, make it snakes. Make one so
onyx a glossing, so diamond a tip, my every shiver’s incision.

Pre-order at:
Bookshop: https://tinyurl.com/pftbookshop
Indiebound: https://tinyurl.com/pftindiebound
Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/pftamazon

Poetry playlist by Gaudy Boy. Playful and deliberate, innovative and strange, Play for Time, Paula Mendoza’s debut collection of experimental lyric poems, demolishes the literary commonplaces of “universality” and provides a timely introduction to an explosively original voice in poetry. Here,...

On PLAY FOR TIME by Paula Jane Mendoza, Paisley Rekdal, Poet Laureate of Utah and author of Nightingale, says:“In these ...
04/12/2020

On PLAY FOR TIME by Paula Jane Mendoza, Paisley Rekdal, Poet Laureate of Utah and author of Nightingale, says:

“In these strange and unsettling poems, Mendoza catalogues how bodies become objects of consumption, voyeurism, and desire, and uses the imagery and politics of climate change to describe the immigrant and female body. This body, threatened with radical alteration and even collapse, reimagines itself through Mendoza’s highly inventive language, and turns itself strange, mythic, and new. Mendoza’s mordant, playful poems upend the ‘conventional’ narrative of racial and gender identity and radically rewrite our ideas of syntax to reframe the reader’s gaze.”

Are you curious to find out more about her poetry collection like our little kitty is?

Pre-order at:
Bookshop: https://tinyurl.com/pftbookshop
Indiebound: https://tinyurl.com/pftindiebound
Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/pftamazon

04/02/2020

Play for Time: Poems by Paula Jane Mendoza will be out on May 1. It is the second winner of the annual Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize, selected by Vijay Seshadri. In her blistering debut, Mendoza wields the weapon of language as she dismantles the longstanding traditions of the colonial narrative, male speech, and the sentimental love poem.

Pre-order at:
Bookshop: https://tinyurl.com/pftbookshop
Indiebound: https://tinyurl.com/pftindiebound
Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/pftamazon

Graphic by Zhen Qi Teo

Thank you Entropy Magazine for featuring THE EXPERIMENT OF THE TROPICS on your small press list!To get a copy,For those ...
04/01/2020
April and May: Small Press Releases

Thank you Entropy Magazine for featuring THE EXPERIMENT OF THE TROPICS on your small press list!

To get a copy,
For those based in the U.S.: https://www.amazon.com/Experiment-Tropics-Lawrence-Lacambra-Ypil/dp/0982814259
For our Southeast Asian friends: https://www.shop.hoprinting.com.sg/shop/books-singapore/poetry/the-experiment-of-the-tropics-15-00/

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Shoutout to Andrew Howdle for his review of THE EXPERIMENT OF THE TROPICS, finalist of the Lambda Literary Awards:The tr...
03/30/2020
The Experiment of the Tropics - S$15.00 - Singapore Design & Print Products and Books | Ho Printing Singapore Pte Ltd

Shoutout to Andrew Howdle for his review of THE EXPERIMENT OF THE TROPICS, finalist of the Lambda Literary Awards:

The triumph of Ypil’s latest work is that it avoids the closed rhetoric of identity politics and offers a sensuous poetry that opens up: unfurls with wonder. Sexual identity is a significant strand in this volume and one that harmonises with the whole. Ypil has a marvellous sense of orality, the mouth and its sexual energy, and how words become music on the page. To read The Experiment of the Tropics is to enter into an experience that absorbs and extends the imagination.

To get a copy,
For those based in the U.S.: https://www.amazon.com/Experiment-Tropics-Lawrence-Lacambra-Ypil/dp/0982814259
For our Southeast Asian friends: https://www.shop.hoprinting.com.sg/shop/books-singapore/poetry/the-experiment-of-the-tropics-15-00/

**Finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards** Synopsis and keynote: Longlisted for The Believer Book Awards, 2020! Named 1 of 6 must-read poetry books in April 2019 by The Millions. The co-winner of the inaugural Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. Through the lens of history and photography, The Experi...

Hi all, here's a publishing internship opportunity! Gaudy Boy, an NYC-based indie press publishing Asian voices, is look...
03/28/2020
Gaudy Boy — Singapore Unbound

Hi all, here's a publishing internship opportunity! Gaudy Boy, an NYC-based indie press publishing Asian voices, is looking for a publicity intern for 2020 to 2021. We would like someone to support our assistant publicity director with strategies and outreach, as well as work on miscellaneous tasks as necessary, which would include brainstorming social media campaigns, mailing out books, and researching media outlets. Bonus if they have an eye for designing social media graphics and banners/posters! Applicants should be planning to commit about 10 hours per week. The ideal individual should be eager to jump in, curious and excited to learn, and able to take initiative, while also being deadline-oriented and responsive. As a young, new press, we actively seek collaboration and suggestions/input from everyone in the team, and the individual will get the opportunity to participate in and see how a small press is run from the grounds up. Previous publishing experience is not required, though a passion for literature and books is essential. The internship will begin remotely, but we would prefer someone based in NYC once the city opens back up. The internship is open to all students residing in New York City. If you'd like to apply or find out more about the job, please email Jee Leong Koh at [email protected] with a cover letter and resume (you may also include your social media accounts). For more info about Gaudy Boy, visit: https://singaporeunbound.org/gaudyboy

We are so proud of Lawrence Ypil for the nomination of THE EXPERIMENT OF THE TROPICS in the Lambda Literary Awards and T...
03/28/2020
The Experiment of the Tropics: Poems

We are so proud of Lawrence Ypil for the nomination of THE EXPERIMENT OF THE TROPICS in the Lambda Literary Awards and The Believer Book Awards. Once again, congratulations!

Here's what Cyril Wong has to say about Larry's brilliant collection:

Ypil writes, ‘A parade is a way of walking around a town without leaving.’ The poet refuses to leave old photographs of Cebu alone. In a parade or lyrical pageantry of aphoristic, ekphrastic ruminations, the book becomes a haunted meditation on time passing, hinting compassionately at lives left unfinished and undocumented desires. Literal images transform into semantic palimpsests layered over by fragments of thought and psychological revelation.

Get your very own copy and let us know what you think!
For those based in the U.S.: https://www.amazon.com/Experiment-Tropics-Lawrence-Lacambra-Ypil/dp/0982814259
Or for our Southeast Asian friends: https://www.shop.hoprinting.com.sg/shop/books-singapore/poetry/the-experiment-of-the-tropics-15-00/

**Finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards**Longlisted for The Believer Book Awards, 2020!Named 1 of 6 must-read poetry books in April 2019 by The Millions.The co-winner of the inaugural Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize. Through the lens of history and photography, The Experiment of the Tropics re...

Jenifer Park’s Autobiography of Horse is now available in SINGAPORE and SOUTHEAST ASIA on #SGBookShelf! Check it out her...
03/25/2020

Jenifer Park’s Autobiography of Horse is now available in SINGAPORE and SOUTHEAST ASIA on #SGBookShelf!

Check it out here: https://tinyurl.com/w3s6tm6

#buysinglit2020 #buysinglit #supportlocal #coronareads

Lawrence Ypil’s The Experiment of the Tropics is now available in Singapore and Southeast Asia on #SGBookshelf! Check it...
03/25/2020

Lawrence Ypil’s The Experiment of the Tropics is now available in Singapore and Southeast Asia on #SGBookshelf!

Check it out here: https://tinyurl.com/rdrs7g8

#BuySingLit #buysinglit2020 #supportlocal

THE FOLEY ARTIST is now available in Singapore and Southeast Asia on #SGBookShelf! You can get a taste of Ricco Siasoco'...
03/19/2020

THE FOLEY ARTIST is now available in Singapore and Southeast Asia on #SGBookShelf! You can get a taste of Ricco Siasoco's debut short story collection from our #CoronaReads series (link in comments). http://tinyurl.com/wwnl8ll

#BuySingLit

Singapore Unbound Initiates Relief Fund for Singaporean Writers. Read below.
03/18/2020

Singapore Unbound Initiates Relief Fund for Singaporean Writers. Read below.

Singapore Unbound Initiates Relief Fund for Singaporean Writers

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not only has international travel been restricted, but book events have been canceled, theatrical productions closed, and filmmaking halted. We do not know for sure how long this situation will last. After reviewing the situation, Singapore Unbound has decided to postpone this year’s writing fellowships to Southeast Asia and to commit the funds instead to aid Singaporean writers badly affected by the shutdowns. We understand that this news may be disappointing to fellowship applicants, and we apologize for their disappointment. We would like to seek their kind understanding in light of the extraordinary circumstances. Singapore Unbound fellowships to Southeast Asia will return in 2021.

By postponing the fellowships, we are able to create a starting fund of USD2,000, to be called Singapore Unbound Relief Fund (SURF). Creative writers, whether they are Singapore citizens living anywhere in the world or Permanent Residents of Singapore, may apply for a USD200/SGD280 grant from SURF with no strings attached. This fund is specifically intended to help those in dire need of immediate help. It is not for writers who have lost work temporarily but who have other resources available. We acknowledge that the amount of the grant is modest but we hope that the grant, together with other sources of support, will help alleviate hardship and sustain participation in the arts.

We ask champions of the arts and well-wishers to donate to SURF so that even more writers may be helped at this difficult time. Donate now at https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/singapore-unbound.

Guidelines for Application:

1. You must be a Singapore citizen or a Permanent Resident of Singapore.

2. The category “writers” includes playwrights, screenwriters, songwriters, journalists, and arts reviewers, as well as writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. It does not include writers of academic works, technical manuals, and commercial copy.

3. Write to Jee at [email protected], with the following:
(i) an explanation of your loss of income due to COVID-19, with the relevant documentation, for instance, emails about the cancellation of gigs;
(ii) a brief but current writing and publication resume;
(iii) proof of Singapore citizenship or permanent residency status, and
(iv) your Venmo or PayPal handle.

4. For more information on this fund, please visit https://singaporeunbound.org/opportunities.

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