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Her first novel, Sofia and the Utopia Machine, is about a young girl who feels abandoned by everyone – from her father who disappeared when she was 7, to her controlling but neglectful mother who wants her to be what she is not. She creates her own world in VR, but when this leads to a big bang in an actual universe in the Utopia Machine, which opens portals to other realms in the multiverse, in her mother’s secret government lab, she loses everything – her city, her country, her world and her illusions about society, and must go on the run with only her wits and her online friend, the mysterious “Isaac”, to help her. Will she be able to save her world as well as herself? The novel was shortlisted for the Epigram Book Fiction Prize 2017 and the Singapore Book Awards 2019.

Judith has always been interested in creating poetic, aesthetic experiences that use all the senses. She has been tinkering on the internet since 1997, when she first started building a html virtual reality called pseudoReality. When she was 17 she launched one of the first online retailers, Rachel and Judith, selling and marketing handmade jewelry in Singapore with clients abroad and at home, and had to ask her teenaged business partner’s mother for her credit card so she could use Paypal as one of its first vendors. She is now a multimedia artist working on actually building the Utopia Machine.

A three-time winner of the British Poetry Society’s Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award, Judith graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in English and American Literature and Language on a Loke Cheng Kim Foundation Scholarship. She has taught creative and academic writing at the Harvard Writing Center and Yale-NUS College.  This is the best thing she learned at Harvard:

<Top Harvard survival tip: Enjoy yourself, even if everybody else around you is miserable>

As a literary and SFF translator, she translated the four-volume box set collected of Cultural Medallion winner Yeng Pway Ngon, as well as short stories and poetry for Future SF Magazine, Asymptote, the Singapore National Library Board, The LA Review of Books, China Daily, Spittoon Collective and LoReLi. She has published original work in Prairie Schooner, Asia Literary Review, The South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, QLRS and Cha.

As an arts collective organizer, she was a founding member and translator for the Spittoon Collective wechat channels and magazines and reading/music/collaboration series in China, which currently has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an, Dali, Tucson (AZ, USA) and Gothenburg (Sweden). You can read an interview done by Loreli of her in China here (scroll to the bottom). She is currently attempting to start a FlyingSpittoon night on Clubhouse or any other competing app that works on both sides of the Great Firewall. She started the longest-running performance poetry competition in Singapore, YAWP! in 2003, which is still running today, as well as Specfic FTW! (SG), a science fiction collective inspired by the Beijing Bookworm scifi reading group and the Camera Stylo film cafe philosophy group started by Anna Sowley. She also created postcards for QSPACE, a feminist makerspace in Beijing.

Now, she teaches with Liuyin Xueyuan in Beijing and Singlit Station in Singapore. She was one of the founders of the fan Discord for the Weird Studies podcast.

She is currently based between Singapore and Australia and counts fiber arts, bunny tending, designing and writing knitting patterns, permaculture gardening and learning Arduino as her hobbies.

Instagram: @judtheobscure (current main showcase of workflow)

Twitter : @trueboat   (rarely used – only when present at conventions)

Email: contactATjudithhuangDOTcom (most reliable)



  • Harvard College, A.B. cum laude in English and American Literature and Language, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    Loke Cheng Kim Foundation Scholarship (Singapore)
    Harvard College Scholar 2005/06
  • Hwa Chong Junior College, Humanities Scholarship Program, Singapore.
  • Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary), Singapore

Awards, Grants & Fellowships

  • XR:WA/PICA Bootcamp and Hackathon selected artist 2022
  • Rosetta Award for SFF translation winner – short form  2021
  • Singapore Book Award Shortlist (Singapore ) 2019
  • Epigram Books Fiction Prize Shortlist (Singapore) 2017
  • Asian Cha “Encountering Poetry” Contest Top 20 Long List (Hong Kong) 2012
  • LeBaron Russell Briggs Traveling Prize (USA) 2010
  • Sydney M. Williams Grant for the Visual Arts (USA) 2008
  • Alexander Booth Foundation Traveling Fellowship (USA) 2008
  • Signet Society of Arts and Letters (USA) 2007
  • Alice Mary Longfellow Fellowship (USA) 2006
  • Harvard College Research Project Grant (USA) 2005
  • F. Stanton Deland, Jr Endowment for Undergraduate Research Grant (USA) 2005/6
  • Foyle Young Poet of the Year (UK) 2004
  • Foyle Young Poet of the Year (UK) 2003
  • Simon Elvin Young Poet of the Year (UK) 2001
  • National Arts Council-Rotary Club Arts Grant (Singapore) 2005
  • Creative Arts Program Mentorship (Singapore) 2000, 2003
  • Singapore Youth Festival Silver Medal for original play, 2002

Selected Publications – Creative/Journalistic

  • Future SF Magazine
  • Prairie Schooner
  • Asian Cha
  • Asia Literary Review
  • Asymptote
  • Spittoon Literary Magazine
  • Quarterly Literary Review Singapore
  • China Daily
  • Lianhe Zaobao
  • Loreli
  • The Harvard Advocate
  • The Harvard Ichthus
  • VOX
  • Stylus Poetry Journal
  • Softblow Poetry Journal
  • Asymptote Journal
  • South China Morning Post

Selected Anthologies

  • Tor.com anthology of Chinese women and non-binary Science fiction, “The Way Spring Arrives” Expected 2021.
  • In Transit. Mathpaperpress. Singapore. 2016
  • Body Boundaries. The Literary Centre. Singapore. 2014
  • Ayam Curtain. Mathpaperpress. Singapore. 2012
  • Bringing it to Life. Pocket Poetry 2012. What if group, UK. 2012
  • Journeys. Sampad, Birmingham, UK. 2010
  • Creative Arts Program Alumni Anthology. Singapore. 2009.
  • Foyle Young Poets of the Year: 10th Anniversary Anthology. Ed. Andrew Bailey, George Ttoouli. The Poetry Society, London, UK. 2007.
  • from This tree. CAP Alumni Publication, Singapore. 2005.
  • but, ed. Cyril Wong. Singapore. 2005.

Selected Publications – Academic

  • Yeng Pway Ngon Poems: Personal Notes, Self-Exile, Resurgence, Other Thoughts. co-translated with Goh Beng Choo. 2012.
  • Judith Huang. 2009. A Little Bit of Immortality: The Mysterious Redemption of Karamazov. The Harvard Ichthus 5.2 – Winter 2009. Download ichthus5.21
  • Total Vision: Remedios Varo as Woman Artist and Heir to Surrealism, Expose 2005-6, pp. 64-71. Download HERE
  • Choy Keen Meng, Judith Huang, 2004, Economic Forecasting in Singapore, HSSRP 2003-2004, pp. 8-18. HERE

Readings & Exhibitions

  • Navy Club Fremantle Open Mike (Western Australia) 2020.
  • Spoke & Bird Reading Series (Singapore) 2018.
  • Destination: INK Reading Series. (Singapore) 2017.
  • Spittoon Fiction Reading Series. (Beijing) 2015-2016.
  • Spittoon Poetry Reading Series Featured Poet. (Beijing) 2014-2016.
  • Etiquette + AWARE: Sugar & Spice Reading, The Pigeonhole (Singapore). 2012
  • City of Stirling Art Exhibition (Australia). 2010
  • Passion People: New Radio 93.8 Radio Interview (Singapore). 2005
  • Tuesday Magazine Arts First “Art in Progress” Exhibition (Boston). 2005/6
  • Harvard Advocate Reading Series (Boston)
  • Subtext Literary Reading at The Book Café (Singapore). 2004
  • National University of Singapore Centre for the Arts: Dome Literary Reading (Singapore). 2004
  • Foyle Young Poets Alumni Reading, Cambridge University (UK). 2005
  • Gamut Reading Series (Cambridge, Massachusetts)


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