About the Judges


Liu Xiaoyi is the Artistic Director of Emergency Stairs (避難階段). A committed practitioner with a desire to push artistic boundaries, he is regarded as a promising figure at the forefront of the experimental theatre scene in Asia. Xiaoyi received the Young Artist Award awarded by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2016.

A multi-faceted and multi-talented artist, Xiaoyi was involved in over 70 theatre productions as director, playwright, and actor over the past two decades. On stage, he is considered one of the most acclaimed male actors from the Singapore theatre scene; as a playwright, he has penned more than 40 plays and is one of the nation’s most prolific playwrights; as a director, the cornerstones of Xiaoyi’s oft lauded but controversial work are unsurprisingly experimentation, introspection, and poetry.

In addition to theatre creation, Xiaoyi is also an award-winning Chinese-language writer and poet.


Dr Alvin PANG is a Singaporean poet, writer, editor and translator whose writing has been translated into more than twenty languages worldwide. Awarded the Young Artist of the Year for Literature in 2005 and the Singapore Youth Award in 2007, he was appointed to the honorary position of Adjunct Professor of RMIT University in 2021.


Nabilah Said is a playwright, editor and poet. Her plays have been presented in Singapore and London, including ANGKAT (2019) which won Best Original Script at the 2020 Life Theatre Awards. She is the founder of playwright collective Main Tulis Group, and is the editor of Southeast Asian arts publication ArtsEquator


Shane Carreon is the author of the poetry collections, travelbook (2013) and Then, Beast. (forthcoming) and a recipient of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, the Nick. Joaquin Literary Award, and SUNY Binghamton 2016 AWP Intro Journal Awards for Poetry.


Prof.(Retd.) Rebecca Haque is a Poet, Writer, Translator, Editor, and Academic Resource Person. She is affiliated with the Asia- Pacific Writers & Translators Association ( #APWT) and with New York Writers Workshop (#NYWW). In 1980 she was awarded a Gold Medal for attaining the First Class First position in MA  Literature ( Univ. of Dhaka), and was a Killam Scholar at Dalhousie  U., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1990-91. She was Chairperson, Dept of English, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2009-12. Her published books are WOMEN, GENDER, AND LITERATURE ( 2003), COMMENCEMENT POEMS AND OCCASIONAL ESSAYS (2003, 2nd Ed. 2009), and [Co-Edited] HEMINGWAY: A CENTENARY TRIBUTE ( 2007).


Looi Siew Teip has been teaching English literature at the University of Malaya.  He currently also teaches the guqin and has previously worked as a journalist and music critic in Singapore. Outside of his current professional interest in English poetry and medieval English, he also takes a keen interest in environmental issues and Taoist philosophy and practice.