Things that irk Anna: accounts that do not balance and badly-written novels. She has given up on annoying bean counters in general—she now counts money for the Malaysian Writers Society and runs write-ins, but not at the same time.
Anwar Hadi is a teacher in Penang and occasionally writes about things across the board: from the insecurities he has about himself to the grievances he has towards the Malaysian political elite. He posts his rap songs on Soundcloud and his videos on Youtube as "inianwarhadi".
Hanno Frank creates. Sometimes she creates by writing. Sometime she creates by drawing. Sometimes she creates by attaching outrageous things to herself and singing loudly on public streets. In Penang, no one minds. They are used to her there. They saw her recite “Bad Poetry”. Nothing can bother Penang now.
Johanna Anuar is a writer, an avid reader and painter. She’s written many short stories and poems that are available on her blog, The Snake Pit. This short story, Lemonade Stand, is one of them. She lives with her family in Balik Pulau, Penang Island.
Lucille Dass, a retired but rewired lecturer, loves creating poetry and inspirational sayings when mood, muse, or madness strikes (“O! that way madness lies” – Shakespeare). The end product may be of these types:
- the vaguely vacuous verse
- the purely puerile
- the occasionally contemplative
- simply FUN!
Michelle Leong is based in Penang and London. Her work has previously been published in Not Your Eyes and Squidynk. She runs, walks, climbs indoors, and gets frustrated when bookstores don't stock Deleuze and Guattari.
Raimrod is a coffee-loving closet writer. He works on his unremarkable romantic pieces over mealtimes while watching unwary couples arguing, kissing, or sometimes holding hands at cheap restaurants, documenting their lame jokes and silly trade. Currently writing and moping over his first book.
Safiza Yusof is from Petaling Jaya. In 2011, she moved to Penang, where she works in one of the kilangs in Bayan Lepas. Safiza is a travel writer, a common reader and a Nescafe Tarik lover. In her blog, she writes stories inspired by her travels.
Shaqila is a versatile poet and a published writer with a short story entitled Fifty Laps in an anthology called ‘Champion Fellas’. She recently completed a Poetry Marathon, where one has to write a poem an hour for 24 hours, because she is insane like that! Shaqila is also a stand-up comedienne with 'sayitmeanitpenang'.
Despite his everyday profession as a semi-professional freelancer, Wilson Khor W.H. is known more as a poet rather than a writer—even more as a friend whose words carry the scent of blooming flowers; the heartbeats of his companions and supporters coloring the shades of their petals.