Because our history has been limited by frameworks of inequality and privilege.
Because our stories speak of the good, sometimes the bad, but never the reality in between.
Because everything women write does not have to fit into genres of feminine or feminist.
Because bodies are boundaries. No, because they are not.
Because being and becoming woman is never the same for any two individuals.
Because our voices are many…
Body Boundaries is an anthology of words by twenty-seven women writers from Singapore. Comprising works of poetry and prose, the collection breaks down barriers between public and private, personal and political, to reveal both collective and diverse experiences threaded together by identity markers of gender and geography.
The collection is the first volume of a series by EtiquetteSG, a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to developing and showcasing art, writing, film and music created by women in Singapore.
Farah Bashir | Jaclyn Chan | Stephanie Chan | Tania De Rozario | Kylie Goh Jin Ying | Goh Li Sian | Nurul H. | Judith Huang | Sylvia Koh | Dana Lam | Eva Lim | Jane Loo | Melanie Lucille | Zarina Muhammad | Pooja Nansi | Megha Singh | Tan Li-Jen | Jollin Tan | Diyana Bin Talib | Tham Zhen | Donna-Mae Therese de Cruz | Samantha Toh | Krishna Udayasankar | Lilian Wang | Ovidia Yu | JY Yang | Tanneke Zeeuw
My poem, Womanifesto, is featured in this anthology.
About the Editors
Tania De Rozario is an artist, writer and curator. She is interested in personal stories and how they connect to larger socio-cultural issues of sex and gender. Author of Tender Delirium (Math Paper Press, 2013). She is currently penning her second book, And the Walls Come Crumbling Down. Tania was the 2011 recipient of the SPH-NAC Golden Point Award for English Poetry, and is co-founder and artistic director of EtiquetteSG, a multidisciplinary platform focused on developing and platforming work by woman artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians in Singapore. She is also an Associate Artist with The Substation, where she is working on a project about art-activism in Singapore.
Zarina Muhammad is a curator, writer and educator whose work and research have been largely defined by innumerable ‘Hyenas in Petticoats’ in text and history. She is the co-founder and co-curator of EtiquetteSG, a biennial multidisciplinary showcase of art, writing and film. Her other curatorial/creative projects include collaborations with human rights group MARUAH, Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES), Sayoni and SchoolAsia.org. Currently, Zarina is working on a multidisciplinary research project on Southeast Asian rituals, myth, folk religion and magic.
Krishna Udayasankar is the author of The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 1: Govinda – the first book in a series of novels that draw on the stories and scriptures at the heart of Indian myth and ancient history to present a socio-political tale of change and revolution. She is also the author of Objects of Affection, a collection of prose-poems. Krishna’s journey to becoming a writer took her through degrees in law from NLSIU, Bangalore and a PhD. in Strategic Management from Nanyang Business School, Singapore, where she currently works as a lecturer.
“With a variety of writers, shaped by different experiences, this collection offers insight on life and breaks down barriers between public and private, exploring themes of sex and sexuality.”
– Claudia Tan, NP Tribune
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Dimension: 130mm x 200mm
Available here from Ethos Books.