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Laetitia Keok (she/her) is a poet, writer and undergraduate student, born and based in Singapore. She is currently pursuing a BA (Honours) in English Literature, with a minor in Creative Writing. Much of her work deals with the themes of grief, family and identity. She is interested in reimagining the stories of her childhood. While she writes predominantly in English, she often incorporates phrases from her mother-tongue, Mandarin, in her work. To her, Mandarin is a language of intimacy, of affection—for when English falls short, as it too often does. 

Her poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction have been published, or is forthcoming in Vagabond City Literary Journal, Diode Poetry Journal, and Hobart Pulp, among others. Currently, she writes for The Slow Press, and is an editorial intern at Gaudy Boy, an imprint of Singapore Unbound.  

She is afraid of pigeons, but learning to be brave. You can find her here, or in an endlessly beautiful island-city, waiting for the rain to stop.