Lydia Kwa was born in Singapore and moved to Canada in 1980 to begin her university studies in psychology. After obtaining a B.Sc. at the University of Toronto, she studied at Queen's University and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her poetry collection, The Colours of Heroines, and her first novel, This Place Called Absence, were published to critical acclaim. She has also published in numerous literary magazines as well as in anthologies such as Many-Mouthed Birds, Swallowing Clouds and Open Field, which features innovative work by poets such as Michael Ondaatje, Christian Bok and Dionne Brand. The Walking Boy is her second novel. She is currently working on a long experimental poem, Suite of Hands, excerpts of which are featured in Open Field, as well as a novel set in 1960s and 1970s Singapore called Godzilla's Touch. A sequel to The Walking Boy will follow the completion of those projects. Kwa lives and works in Vancouver as a writer and psychologist.
Festivals: 2005 (fall)