Amanda Lee Koe is the fiction editor of Esquire Singapore and the editor of the
National Museum of Singapore's film journal, Cinematheque Quarterly.
She is a 2013 honorary fellow of the International Writing Program at the
University of Iowa, and a 2016 awardee of the PEN/Heim Translation Grant.
She is the youngest winner of the Singapore Literature Prize for the short story collection
Ministry of Moral Panic, longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story
Award and shortlisted for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt's Internationaler Literaturpreis.
MoMP has been translated into the German and is forthcoming in the Turkish.
She has guest-lectured at Goethe University, the University of Iowa and Bard Early College,
initiated mentorship programmes and workshops for emerging writers and senior citizens in Singapore,
and developed interdisciplinary projects for the National Library and the Asian Film Archive.
Based in New York, where she is working on her first novel, an excerpt from which won the 2017
Henfield Prize, awarded to the best work of fiction by a graduating MFA student at Columbia University's
Writing Program, she was born and raised in Singapore, and has lived in Beijing and Berlin.
sick to the ears from writing my own writing now but still wanting badly to write (just not my own writing) absorbed as 18th c opium eater by self-hypnotic sensation of typing, by small and humble act of sitting down to weigh and smell and venerate words, so doing tiny translation exercise of decade-old email exchange with jejune uyghur soccer player puppy lover and thinking that unlike my writing everything she says is completely thing-in-itself unpretentious
' to me you did not seem like the same person. when we first met you were very much an athlete, brave like one, the second time we met you were very much a woman, with a fondness for crying, not like an athlete at all. '