Governance

Management Committee

At the 2016 AGM, Sanaz Fotouhi was given the role of APWT's Director. In 2017, the following members were elected to assist to manage the affairs of APWT Inc until the next AGM in Australia in 2018. The Management Committee meets (via Skype) once every three months and the Advisory Board is called upon when needed for their expertise.

Sanaz Fotouhi

Sanaz Fotouhi

Director

Sanaz Fotouhi holds a PhD in English literature from the University of New South Wales. As an Iranian-Australian and someone who has lived and travelled extensively Sanaz is interested in narrative and stories that emerge from the diasporic experience. Her first book The Literature of the Iranian Diaspora: Meaning and Identity since the Islamic Revolution was published in March 2015 (I.B. Tauris). Her stories and creative fiction are also reflective of her multicultural background. Her work has appeared in anthologies in Australia and Hong Kong, including in The Southerly, The Griffith Review, as well as in the Guardian UK and the Jakarta Post. Sanaz is one of the founding members of the Persian Film Festival in Australia as well as the co-producer of the multi-award winning documentary film, Love Marriage in Kabul.

Sally Breen

Sally Breen

APWT Chair

Sally is the author of The Casuals (2011) and Atomic City (2013) nominated for the Queensland Literary Awards People's Choice Book of the Year in 2014. Sally is a senior lecturer in writing and publishing at Griffith University and fiction editor of the Griffith Review. Her work has appeared widely in Australia including Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction, Griffith Review and Overland.

Sahib Nazari

Sahib Nazari

Treasurer

Sahib Nazari is a Griffith University graduate in Creative Writing and Literature. He was born in Afghanistan and grew up in Pakistan where he lived with his family before moving to Australia in 2005. Sahib voices his words through writing – short stories and occasional poetry. He can speak, read and write in English, Urdu, Persian and Hazaragi languages. In Australia, he’s been published in Talent Implied, the annual anthology of Griffith University creative writing students.

Ingrid Woodrow

Ingrid Woodrow

Secretary

Ingrid Woodrow is an Australian writer. She holds an MA (Writing) from the University of Queensland and will complete a PhD submission (Creative Writing) at Griffith University in 2018. Her novel, Goddess and the Galaxy Boy (UQP) was shortlisted in the Australian/Vogel award. Her writing has been published in numerous national and international anthologies, journals and periodicals including MeanjinJournal of Australian Studies and TEXT.

Gabor Holch

Gabor Holch

Gabor Holch is on a journey of developing from a writer of professional materials to fiction author. As a diplomat and management consultant, he has published dozens of papers and magazine articles on international relations, economic and business issues, and published two books on related topics. In recent years, he revisited a couple of stories from personal experience and imagination, and aspires to turn them into short stories and novels.

Johnathon Morley

Johnathon Morley

Jonathan Morley teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou. From 2013 to 2017 he was the Programme Director at Writers' Centre Norwich, curating and expanding the organisation's artistic programme as it campaigned to become the National Centre for Writing. His most recent collection of poems, Euclid's Harmonics, winner of a Cafe Writers Commission, is published in the UK by Ink Sweat & Tears.

William Gibson

William Gibson

William L. Gibson is an author, researcher, and sound artist based in Southeast Asia. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including academic journals as well as commercial magazines such as Signal to Noise and Asian Geographic: The Read. His short stories have been published by Monsoon Books and Black Scat Books. William's novel Singapore Red, the final novel in a trilogy of hard-boiled crime fictions set in 1890s Malaya, was published in 2017 by Monsoon Books. In the Land of Pagodas, a scholarly translation with Paul Bruthiaux of Alfred Raquez's book of travels through China in 1899, was published in 2017 by NIAS Press. William's feature column on Asian art and media, 'Opium Traces,' can be found at popmatters.com. Albums from his experimental sound project Third World Skull Candy are available on BitPulse Records. His occasional blog can be found here: http://drgblogsupreme.wordpress.com.

Bhavna Khemlani

Bhavna Khemlani

Bhavna Khemlani is a Lecturer/Author/Reiki Master Practitioner. She is a member of the Bangkok Women’s Writing Group and on the Advisory Board of Whatabook Publishing House (WAB) Kolkata, India. Her non-fiction short story ‘Love Shack’ was translated in Khmer Language for the Anthology of Vitheavy 2016, launched in the Cambodian Book fair. She is the author of:  A Mystifying Evening, Whispers of the Mannequins, Levitating inside the Elephant published in the Big Chilli Expat Magazine, and novels like, The Wisher’s Well, Maples: Rejuvenating Cocktail and The Classroom: Ashley and her Mystical Tale which was launched at the AFCC (Asian Festival of Children's Content, Singapore June 2014 & APWT in Singapore July 2014. The book of Anthology with the Bangkok Women Writers group ‘Monsoon Midnights’ published by Big Chilli Magazine in December 2014 reached Amazon Best Sellers List for Travel/Literary.

Julia Prendergast

Julia Prendergast

Julia has a PhD in Writing and Literature. Julia is a fiction addict. Her stories have been longlisted, shortlisted and published: Lightship Anthology 2 (UK), Glimmer Train (US), TEXT (AU) Séan Ó Faoláin Competition, (IE), Review of Australian Fiction, Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Prize, Josephine Ulrick Prize (AU). Julia’s novel is forthcoming with the University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Julia’s theoretical work focuses the work of the unconscious in narrative composition: examples have been published in TEXT (AU) and New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (UK). Julia is a lecturer in Writing and Literature at Swinburne University in Melbourne (AU).

Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher is an American living in Asia since 1996, teaching English at universities throughout Japan, South Korea, and Macau. His writing includes "No Couches in Korea" (2016), as well as short stories published in South Korea, Macau, and USA.

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar

Ravi is the founding editor and Executive Director of Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest electronic journals of the arts. He has published or edited seven books and chapbooks of poetry, including the What Else Could it Be (2015), the National Poetry Review Prize winner, Deepening Groove (2010), and the Finalist for the Connecticut Book Awards, Instrumentality (2004). Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited W.W. Norton's Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond, called a beautiful achievement for world literature by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared as a commentator on the BBC, the PBS Newshour and NPR, received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and has performed his work around the world.

Marie Munkara

Marie Munkara was born on the banks of the Mainoru River in Arnhemland and grew up on Bathurst Island. Her first Novel “Every Secret thing” (UQP) won the David Unaipon Award in 2008 and the NT Book of the Year in 2010. Her two children’s books (Laguna Bay) “Rusty Brown” and “Rusty and Jojo”, were released in January 2014, and her second novel “A Most Peculiar Act” in April 2014. Her memoir “Of Ashes and Rivers that run to the Sea” was released in May 2016. She is currently doing a PhD and working on another memoir and TV mini-series of her first book.

Advisory Board

Jane Camens

Jane Camens

APWT Founder

Jane founded APWT (originally called the Asia-Pacific New Writing Partnership). She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (UK) as well as an MFA in Fiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, USA. Her short fiction has been broadcast on the BBC World Service and published in literary magazines in Asia, Australia and the UK. She was the winner in 2010 of the international Fish Publishing Short Story Prize and co-edited 'New Asia Now', Issue 49 Griffith Review (2015).

Neeta Gupta

Neeta Gupta

Festival co-Director for Jaipur BookMark

Neeta Gupta is the Festival co-Director for Jaipur BookMark - a publishers' B2B segment held parallel to the Jaipur Literature Festival. She is also the publisher at Yatra Books and the editor and Joint Secretary at the Bhartiya Anuvad Parishad, a not-for-profit organisation promoting translations between Indian languages.

Robin Hemley

Robin Hemley

Director of the Writing Program at Yale-NUS College

Robin Hemley directs the Writing Program at Yale-NUS College in Singapore and is the author of eleven books of nonfiction and fiction and the winner of many awards including a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, The Nelson Algren Award for Fiction from The Chicago Tribune, The Story Magazine Humor Prize, as well as three Pushcart Prizes in both fiction and nonfiction, and many others. A graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he directed the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa from 2004-2013. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published internationally and he frequently teaches creative writing workshops around the world. In 2012, his third collection of short stories, Reply All, was published by Indiana University Press (Break Away Books) and The University of Georgia Press published A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel. His memoir, Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness was reissued by The University of Iowa Press in 2013. He is the founder and organizer of NonfictioNow a biennial conference.

Nury Vittachi

Nury Vittachi

APWT Founder

Nury founded Asia Literary Review. He has played key roles in judging or helping set up numerous literary prizes in Asia, including the Man Asian Literary Prize in Hong Kong. He was founding chairman of the Scholastic Asia Book Prize, which is the biggest children’s literary prize in the region, and founding chairman of the Australia-Asia Literary Award, the largest book prize ever given out in the region. He is chief judge of the Hong Kong Young Writers Award and other prizes. His latest books include a trilogy for Scholastic called The Magic Mirror, and The Curious Diary of Mr Jam, a light-hearted book which examines the Asian sense of humour.

Jose Dalisay

Jose Dalisay

Professor University of the Philippines

Jose Dalisay teaches English at the University of the Philippines and has published more than 25 books of fiction and nonfiction. Butch has been a Fulbright, Hawthornden, Rockefeller, Bellagio, David TK Wong, and Civitella Ranieri fellow. His second novel, Soledad’s Sister, was shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize in 2007.

Tim Tomlison

Tim Tomlison

Co-Founder of New York Writers Workshop

Tim Tomlinson is co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing.  He is also the author of the poetry collections Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, and Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire. This Is Not Happening to You, a collection of short fiction, appears in September 2017. His work has been published in Australia, China, Singapore, the Philippines, and in many venues in the US, including the anthologies Long Island Noir (Akashic Books), and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press). He’s given workshops and talks at many international locations, recently including Guangzhou and Shanghai, China, Adelaide, Australia, and at the Philippines Consulate in New York City. He’s a certified yoga instructor, an avid scuba diver, and his past addresses include extended residencies in Shanghai, Manila, London, Florence, New Orleans, Boston, Miami, Andros Island, Bahamas, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, where he currently lives with his wife. He’s a member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. He teaches writing workshops and seminars in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies program.

Alexandra Büchler

Alexandra Büchler

Director of Literature Across Frontiers (LAF)

Alexandra Büchler is founding Director of Literature Across Frontiers - European Platform for Literary Exchange, Translation and Policy Debate. She has worked as cultural manager, literary translator and editor for the past three decades and has served on the board of the advocacy network Culture Action Europe and of the UK Translators Association.  As translator and editor she has published more than twenty books of fiction and poetry, and edited six anthologies of short fiction, including collections of Czech writing in English translation and of Australian and Greek writing in translation into Czech. Among the authors she has translated into Czech are J.M. Coetzee, David Malouf, Jean Rhys, Janice Galloway, Gail Jones, Jeanette Turner Hospital and Antigone Kefala. Her most recent translation into English is a Czech modern classic, The House of a Thousand Floors by Jan Weiss, published by CEUP in 2016. She is the series editor of New Voices from Europe and Beyond, anthologies of contemporary poetry in translation, from Arc Publications,

Qaisra Shahraz

Qaisra Shahraz

Writer

Qaisra Shahraz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a prize-winning, critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter. Born in Pakistan, she has lived in Manchester since childhood and gained two Masters Degrees in English and European literature and scriptwriting. Qaisra was recognised as being one of 100 influential Pakistani women in Pakistan Power 100 List (2012). She has been nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and for the Muslim News Awards for Excellence. Her novels, The Holy Woman and Typhoon, are translated into several languages. The Holy Woman (2001) won the Golden Jubilee Award, was ‘Best Book of the Month’ at Waterstones and has become a bestseller in Indonesia and Turkey. Qaisra has another successful career in education, as a consultant, teacher trainer and inspector.

Xu Xi

Xu Xi

Writer

XU XI 許素細 is author of five novels, six collections of short fiction & essays, one memoir, and has edited four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English.  Recent titles are Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City (2017) and the novel That Man In Our Lives (2016) ; forthcoming are Insignificance: Hong Kong Stories (June 15, 2018) and This Fish Is Fowl: Essays of Being (2019-20).  She is an Indonesian-Chinese-American being from Hong Kong, a diehard transnational who formerly inhabited the flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong and the South Island of New Zealand. She is co-founder of Authors at Large and fiction editor at Tupelo Press in Massachusetts.  In 2017, she was named Faculty Co-Director of a new, low-residency International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.  These days, she splits her life between New York and the world.  Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn @xuxiwriter.

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