Malachi Edwin Vethamani

Malachi Edwin Vethamani is a poet, writer, editor, critic, bibliographer and academic.  His publications include: Coitus Interruptus and Other Stories (2018), two collections of poems Complicated Lives (2016) and Life Happens (2017). His latest publication is an edited volume of Malaysian poems by emerging Malaysian poets entitled, Malaysian Millennial Voices (2021). He has also edited two volumes of Malaysian writings which cover a period of over 60 years, Malchin Testament: Malaysian Poems (2018) and Ronggeng-Ronggeng: Malaysian Short Stories (Maya Press, 2020). His publication Malchin Testament: Malaysian Poems won the Malaysian Book Award 2020 for the English Language category.

His poem ‘Solitude’ from Life Happens was set to music by Malaysian jazz musician Tay Cher Siang and the song premiered in the Malaysian Jazz Festival, sung by Aaron Teoh on Malaysian Jazz Marathon 2020 on 15 November. His poems have appeared in Dhaka Review (2021), Unmasked: Reflections on Virus Time, Singapore, Heliconia Press, (2020), (2020), Anak Sastera (2020 and 2017), Creative Flight Literary Journal (2020), Business Mirror (2018), Southeast Asian Review of English (2016), Asiatic: Journal of Language of Literature (Kuala Lumpur: 2015), Ghulam Sarwar Yousuf, (ed.) Asian Centre Anthology of Malaysian Poetry in English (Partridge Press, Singapore: 2014) and C.Y. Loh and I.K. Ong. (eds.) SKOOB Pacifica Anthology No. 1: Southeast Asia Writes Back! (London: 1996). A theatrical adaptation of three of his stories from Coitus Interruptus and Other Stories were reworked as monologues and performed as ‘Love Matters’ by Playpen Performing Arts Trust in Mumbai in 2017 and 2018. His short story ‘Best Man’s Kiss was reworked into a short play for an event called ‘Inqueerable’ organized by Queer Ink in Mumbai on 8th September 2019 to celebrate the first anniversary of the Supreme Court of India overturning Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code which had made consensual homosexual sex illegal. His stories have also been published in Queer Southeast Asia Literary Journal (2020), Creative Flight Literary Journal (2020), Business Mirror (2018), and Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts (2017).

He is Founding Editor of the recently launched Men Matters Online Journal (December 2020). The second issue will be published in June 2021.

He is Emeritus Professor with the University of Nottingham. He is former Head, School of English and Professor of Modern English Literature at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Nottingham Malaysia.


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