Impermanent Cartographies comprises six short stories that explore transient identities, places and connections. The collection spans a range of countries and settings, subtly displacing its characters in order to interrogate assumptions about home and belonging, question social and cultural norms, and seek a new way of mapping the geography of selfhood. From Singaporeans who stumble across different versions of themselves abroad to those caught at a crossroads in their own country, the protagonists of these stories undergo liminal transitions that culminate in a tension without easy answers.
Published work and readings
Chen, C. (2018). What My Net Dragged To The Surface. Retrieved from https://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/poems/troubadour-poetry-prize-2018
Chen, C. (2019). Sunshade. Starlight. In Pleasure to Burn: Selected Stories from the 2019 Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition. USA: Regulus Press.
Chen, C. (2019). Reunion Dinner. In Jon Gresham and Elizabeth Tan (Eds.), In This Desert, There Were Seeds. Singapore: Ethos Books.
Chen, C. (2020). Jennifer. Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring 2020), pp. 145-152. Retrieved from: https://fourthgenre.byu.edu/jennifer-by-cuifen-chen/
Chen, C. (2020). A Place Where Nothing Happened At All. Retrieved from https://loveinthetimeofcovidchronicle.com/2020/10/16/a-place-where-nothing-happened-at-all-chen-cuifen/
Conferences and events
May 2020: Read at LaSaturday: Art School Stories, #BuySingLit.
Jan 2020: Staged short play “Off the Mat” at Three Courses, ARTWALK Little India.
November 2019: Presented “Writing Through The Pink Glass Ceiling” at the Australasian Association of Writing Programs 24th Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia.
November 2019: Spoke at Launch of In This Desert, There Were Seeds, Singapore Writers Festival.
November 2018: Presented “Finding Home From the Outside In: 1 Reading by 5 Singapore Postgraduate Students from 12 Countries” at the Australasian Association of Writing Programs 23rd Annual Conference, Perth, Australia.
November 2018: Read at You Can Learn That In School: Readings from Singapore’s University Creative Writing Programmes, Singapore Writers Festival.
October 2018: Presented “Poeming the Paint, Painting the Poem: Ekphrastic Poetry” at Fourth Graduate Student Conference on Visual Culture, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.