Poetry Evenings #1 – For The Time Being, with Lawrence Ypil and Yanyun Chen


A pencil poised on the corner of a table. Wallpaper, but as if papered over. A little red book. Reflecting on the eclectic gathering of objects and ideas from across the region at Appetite’s ‘Mise en Place’, the writer Lawrence Ypil and artist Yanyun Chen meditate on the encounters that make up a city – from the arrivals that have taken place for centuries along Telok Ayer, to today’s friendships and farewells. Join us to pick up the threads of conversations started, deferred, lost, and found.

Registration is at $38 for light bites and a drink, or $10 for admission only (FULL CAPACITY – please email to book).



Lawrence Lacambra Ypil is an award-winning poet and essayist whose work explores the intersection of text and image, and the role of material culture in the construction of cultural identity. In 2020, he was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and on the longlist for The Believer Book Awards for The Experiment of the Tropics, the winner of the inaugural Gaudy Boy Book Prize. Lawrence has received MFAs from Washington University in St. Louis and from the Nonfiction Writing Program of the University of Iowa. He teaches creative writing at Yale-NUS College

Dr. Yanyun Chen (Singapore) is a visual artist, scholar and lecturer. She runs a drawing, new media and installation practice. Her works delve into the aesthetic, cultural and technological inheritances on one’s body, unravelling fictional and philosophical notions of embodiment. She received the prestigious National Arts Council Young Artist Award in 2020, and graduated from the European Graduate School Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought PhD programme in 2018.


Theophilus Kwek has published four poetry collections, two of which were shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Mekong Review, and elsewhere. He serves as Poetry Editor of the Asian Books Blog, and his latest collection is Moving House (Carcanet Press).

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