Biodata of some of the writers who participated in the Malaysian Writers and Readers Get Together on 14 May 2023.
Anuradha Chelliah berasal dari Banting, Selangor. Beliau mendapat pendidikan rendah dan menengah di Banting. Beliau meneruskan pengajian dalam jurusan Sarjana Muda Pembangunan Manusia dan seterusnya Pengajaran Bahasa Inggeris Sebagai Bahasa Kedua (TESL) di Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Anuradha aktif menulis sejak 2016 dalam Bahasa Malaysia dan Bahasa Inggeris. Karya beliau boleh dibaca di The Star, Iris Magazine, Anak Sastra, Shakti – The Epitome of Power, dan ALS 2021: Anthology of Poems (2021). Karya Anuradha juga termuat dalam antologi Busana Bahasa (2019), Landasan Hidup (2020), dan (2020). Cerpen beliau turut termuat dalam Meredah Kabus (2021), Serpihan Memorabilia 2020 - Suara (2021), Patah Tumbuh (2021), Kisah Musim Wabak (2021), dan Anekdot Peribahasa Yang Tersurat Yang Tersirat (2022). Puisi beliau boleh dibaca dalam Antologi 3S Hari Guru Hatiki Terharu (2021), Antologi Sajak Momen, Antologi Sajak Siluet Cinta Ayah Bonda (2022), dan Siri Warisan Budaya - Teluk Belanga dan Periuk Belanga (2023).
Cheryl Lim has been creating her own stories since she was old enough to read Enid Blyton books. She now creates stories to help brands sell their products via radio advertisements. Literary genres that she enjoys include literary fiction, fantasy, travel, and spirituality. Cheryl is also a cat hu-mom, choir singer, yoga instructor, DIYer, cook/baker, tuak maker and food lover (but, of course!) with a penchant for super dark chocolate.
Daphne Lee is the consulting editor of Scholastic Asia, a division of Scholastic Press, where she champions the creation of Asian content by Asians. To this end, she helped develop and is an advisor to the ongoing Scholastic Asian Scholastic Asian Book Award and Scholastic Picture Book Award, which have their home at the annual Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore. Daphne is also a writer with a particular interest in Malaysian myths, legends, and supernatural beliefs. She is the author of Bright Landscapes: A Short Story Collection (2019); and the curator and editor of Malaysian Tales: Retold & Remixed (2011), and Remang: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales (2017). Daphne is currently working on her second collection of short stories as well as her first novel, which is inspired by Daoist mythology and ancestral worship.
Jaymee Goh is a Malaysian-Chinese writer, reviewer, editor, and essayist of speculative fiction. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, such as Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, and reprinted in LeVar Burton Reads and Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her reviews and nonfiction have appeared on Tor.com, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Strange Horizons. She co-edited The Sea Is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia (2015), and edited The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 11: Trials by Whiteness (2017). A graduate from the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop in 2016, Jaymee received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Riverside, where she dissertated in science fiction studies and critical race theory. She is an editor for Tachyon Publications.
Koh Yok Hwa berketurunan Teochew dan dilahirkan di Yong Peng, Johor pada tahun 1963. Beliau mendapat pendidikan rendah di SJKC Yong Peng 1 dan pendidikan menengah di SMK Yong Peng, SM Teknik Johor Bahru serta Sekolah Tinggi Kluang. Pada tahun 1984, Koh Yok Hwa melanjutkan pengajian di Fakulti Ekonomi dan Pentadbiran, Universiti Malaya (UM). Beliau menetap di Kepong mulai 1991 dan memulakan kerjaya sebagai penerbit buku menerusi Gemilang Publishing Sdn Bhd. Koh Yok Hwa memperolehi ijazah sarjana pentadbiran perniagaan (MBA) dari Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) pada 2021. Pada 2022, beliau menerima ijazah sarjana pengajian media dari UM. Beliau aktif menyumbangkan rencana untuk Utusan Malaysia.
Malini Lakshmi Bai is an author, English language teacher, and yoga enthusiast based in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Having been intrigued by literature since she was a child, Malini was exposed to some reading as an early reader due to her interest in stories about culture and tradition. Through writing short stories and poems in school, she became familiar with the world of writing. In 2009, Malini represented the school and district in several youth forums, debate and public speaking competitions due to her penchant for writing in Bahasa Malaysia and English. Eksentrika has published English poems by Malini, and Sastera Kavyan published her Bahasa Malaysia short stories. Her fiction also appears in Lakaran Diri (2022).
K. Pragalath is a writer who works as an editor at a Malaysian news website, Harapan Daily. Previously he was a journalist with several news portals including Malaysiakini, Free Malaysia Today, Berita Daily, and The Leaders Online. Pragalath is also involved in digital marketing, especially content marketing, for a variety of sectors through Elyown Solutions & Consulting. He has also been involved in fiction writing and has authored two short stories in Bahasa Malaysia.
Thanusya Shanmuganathan merupakan graduan sarjana muda sastera dari Universiti Malaya (UM). Beliau sudah menghasilkan novel berjudul Tak Sengaja Cinta (2014), Cik Cemerkap vs Encik Selfie (2016), Savithri (2021) dan Hanya Kau Untukku (2022) menggunakan nama pena Meera Natasya. Beliau juga aktif menulis skrip, cerpen, esei, dan sajak. Beliau aktif dalam Koperasi Penulis Nasional (KOPENA) dan Pertubuhan Sasterawan Kaum India (Kavyan).
Uthaya Sankar SB is arguably the most hated Malaysian writer. He has been a prolific writer in Bahasa Malaysia since 1992 and some of his writings have been transcreated into English, Tamil, Mandarin, and German. He is the author of over twenty books and has written extensively on topics including language, culture, literature, politics, and religion. In 1999, Uthaya founded Kavyan Writers Group and since 2009, he has been a columnist for various newspapers and online news portals. With numerous literary awards under his belt, Uthaya has also been presented the Ambassador for Peace Award by the Universal Peace Federation in 2008. In 2023, The Hindusthan Art & Music Society (India) conferred him the Saraswati Samman Award. Uthaya lives in Shah Alam, Selangor and enjoys being a full-time activist, researcher, writer, and publisher.