The 2015 AGM of APWT was held in Manila, the Philippines, in October. Members voted to register APWT as an incorporated association in Australia, moving its headquarters from Hong Kong.
Members also passed a motion that APWT's definition of 'Asia Pacific' match that of UNESCO's.
All members will be invited to rejoin the newly registered incorporated association with a new standardised membership fee structure.
The 2015 AGM elected the following members for the 2015-2016 Executive. The next AGM will be held late November in Guangzhou, China, in conjunction with APWT's 2016 annual conference.
Nury Vittachi is President/Chair of APWT. 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.
Secretary and Public Officer—Jane Camens (see below)
Treasurer—Ian Geoffrey Smith
Members of the Executive
Xu Xi is the editor of three anthologies of Hong Kong literature in English. Her latest titles include Access: Thirteen Tales (2011), the novel, Habit of a Foreign Sky (2010), a finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize and an essay collection Evanescent Isles (2007). Her work is regularly published in international journals and widely anthologised. She is currently Writer-in-Residence at City University of Hong Kong where she founded and directs Asia's first low-residency Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and the only one in the world to focus on writing of Asia in English.
Shirley Young-Eun Lee is a writer, translator and composer. She translated into English the memoir Dear Leader by North Korean defector Jang Jin Sung. She has also co-translated leading Chinese poets, including the love poems of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo. Shirley is currently based in the Netherlands and edits an online website called New Focus that publishes North Korea insights and maintains access potential into the economic and power nexus of North Korea.
Jose ('Butch') Dalisay was elected to the Board of AP Writers at the Association's AGM on 5 October 2013 in Bangkok. He 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. Butch is also Chair of AP Writers' Academic Committee.
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 (UK) 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). Previously she was 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. Her award-winning drama serial Dil Hee To Hai was broadcast on Pakistani Television in 2003. Qaisra recently published her third novel Revolt, two volumes of short stories, A Pair of Jeans and Train to Krakow, and she is now working on her fourth novel The Henna Painter. Her work is studied in schools and universities. A critical analysis of her work has been done in a book entitled The Holy and the Unholy: Critical Essays on Qaisra Shahraz’s Fiction (2011). Qaisra has another successful career in education, as a consultant, teacher trainer and inspector.
DAI Fan writes in both Chinese and English. She has four collections of essays in Chinese, and a novel Butterfly Lovers in English. Her work in English has appeared in Drunken Boat and Asia Literary Review. Fan is a professor of linguistics and Director of the Center for Creative Writing of the School Foreign Languages at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou where she teaches one of the few creative writing courses in English as a second language in China. She was a 2012-13 Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar in the Nonfiction Writing Program at University of Iowa.
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 in the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and elsewhere 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.
Mridula Nath Chakraborty is the Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Melbourne. She completed her doctoral work on “Hotfooting Around Essentialism: Feminisms of Colour” at the University of Alberta, Canada. Trained in a classical English literary canon at Delhi University, India, Mridula’s research interests include postcolonial literatures, studies in nationalism, feminism and diasporas, translation theory, culinary cultures, public intellectuals, global English and Bombay cinema. She has worked at the intersection of English and regional language publishing in India with Penguin Books and Katha. In 1997, she won the A. K. Ramanujan Award for translation from two Indian languages and has translated and co-edited, with Rani Ray, A Treasury of Bangla Stories (Srishti 1999).
Sally Breen 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.
Executive Director (Voluntary)
Jane Camens is a co-founder of APWT. 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. In the UK, she worked for the forerunner of the Writers’ Centre Norwich (the New Writing Partnership) – the original model for APWT. Her short fiction has been broadcast on the BBC World Service and published in literary magazines in Asia, Australia and the UK, including Griffith Review, Dim Sum, Concertina (a UEA graduate anthology), the 2010 Fish Publishing Anthology and Terra (a bi-lingual English/Bahasa Indonesian anthology from the Wordstorm Writers’ Festival). She was the winner in 2010 of the international Fish Publishing Short Story Prize. Jane was co-editor with Julianne Schultz of 'New Asia Now', Griffith Review (2015).
Assistant Executive Director (Volunteer)
Sanaz Fotouhi holds a PhD in English literature from UNSW. 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 fiction includes 'Ceydney', in Stories of Sydney, Seizure, 2014. She is one of the founding members of the Persian Film Festival in Australia.
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