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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
25–28 May 2023

“My life with notebooks/began with this/a poem here/an observation there/a rage of red ink–/each sheet of white/a paper haven…” In this session, Grimes shares excerpts of Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir, as she weaves the story of a writing life that began with a simple love of language and the accidental discovery that writing poetry could—and still does—help her make sense of the world.


Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes (USA)

Bestselling author Nikki Grimes received the Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, ALAN Award for teen literature, Children's Literature Legacy Medal, NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry, and the Coretta Scott King Award. Recent titles include Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance, Playtime for Restless Rascals, and Garvey in the Dark. 

Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips

Moderator Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips (Singapore)

Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips is a writer and performer, educator from Singapore. She is an Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre and a Young ASEAN Storyteller (2022). She has written poetry, spoken word, plays, podcasts and short stories. She can be found at    

Photo by Joel Lim @ Calibre Pictures. Courtesy of Checkpoint Theatre

Programme dates and times are subject to change.