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  • An ambitious gathering of love, loss and identity by Olivia Ho | Review of To Gather Your Leaving (The Straits Times 11 Feb 2020)
    “The anthology is an undertaking rooted in Singapore – its editors are Nanyang Technological University associate professor Boey Kim Cheng, one of Singapore’s poetry veterans, and up-and-coming literary voices Arin Alycia Fong and Justin Chia – but its branches reach around the world.
    […] But in its brightest moments, the anthology plots a map across borders and labels, drawing together generations in its exploration of language and identity, as well as racism, cultural appropriation and trauma.”
  • Seeds of Hope | Review of In This Desert, There Were Seeds by Priscilla King. (Singapore Unbound 27 Jan 2020)
    “Where there’s been one melon, there may soon be more. We don’t see the seeds germinate; we leave the story, hoping that they will […] In Arin Alycia Fong’s “Walking on Water,” we leave a couple trying to bake a traditional cake while their home washes out to sea; the odds seem to be against them. Each story sets up the possibility of a happy ending, but ultimately leaves it to the reader’s imagination.”
  • 6 reads for January by Olivia Ho (The Straits Times 7 Jan 2020)
    A round-up of newly released home-grown books for the month, featuring To Gather Your Leaving

    “Its contents page is a who’s who of Asian poets writing in diaspora: Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Li-Young Lee, Romesh Gunesekera and the late Agha Shahid Ali of Kashmir, as well as rising names such as Vietnamese-American Ocean Vuong and Singapore-born Australia-based Eileen Chong.”
  • New Releases from Asia: November 2019 by Mitali Chakravarty (Kitaab, 27 Nov 2019)
  • Instagram Review of In This Desert, There Were Seeds by Olivia Ho (@ohomatopoeia); (10 Nov 2019)
    “My favourites include Choo Ruizhi’s Aviatrix, in which a time-traveller seeks out a tiger in 1930s Choa Chu Kang, and Arin Alycia Fong’s Walking On Water, in which an Eurasian mother and daughter mark Christmas in a future where Singapore is sinking into the sea.”
  • 5 Questions with Elizabeth Tan (Margaret River Press blog, 2 Sept 2019)
    “There was a line in another story that also struck me as a candidate for the collection’s title—‘Another day we are alive’, in Arin Alycia Fong’s ‘Walking on Water’.”
  • Norah Lea: Exercising Performance in Art ( Interview with Sand Magazine, 31 Dec 2018)
    “Even though Mother & Son referenced existing (Catholic) religious imagery, the main conversation my collaborator Vimal Kumar and I were interested in was seeing the similarities within our own respective cultural and spiritual practices and how differently we view representative images of divinity. We invited Arin Alycia Fong, an up and coming writer and a dear friend, to share her short story ‘Madonna of The Pomegranate’ as part of our activation of the space.”