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Jason Erik Lundberg is represented by Kristopher O’Higgins at Scribe Agency.


Short Bio

Jason Erik Lundberg was born in New York, grew up in North Carolina, and has lived in Singapore since 2007. He is the author and anthologist of over twenty books, including the collection Strange Mammals, the Bo Bo and Cha Cha picture book series, and the biennial Best New Singaporean Short Stories anthology series.

Longer Bio

Jason Erik Lundberg was born in New York, grew up in North Carolina, and has lived in Singapore since 2007. He is the author and anthologist of over twenty books, including Red Dot Irreal (2011), The Alchemy of Happiness (2012), Fish Eats Lion (2012), Strange Mammals (2013), Embracing the Strange (2013), Carol the Coral (2016), the six-book Bo Bo and Cha Cha children’s picture book series (2012–2015), and the biennial Best New Singaporean Short Stories anthology series (2013, 2015). He is also the founding editor of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction (est. 2012), and a recipient of the Creation Grant from Singapore’s National Arts Council. His writing has been shortlisted for the SLF Fountain Award, Brenda L. Smart Award for Short Fiction, SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Award and POPULAR Readers’ Choice Award, and honorably mentioned twice in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

Full Bio

Jason Erik Lundberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has lived in Singapore since 2007. He is the author of books for adults—including Red Dot Irreal (2011), The Alchemy of Happiness (2012), Strange Mammals (2013) and Embracing the Strange (2013)—and books for children—the six-book Bo Bo and Cha Cha picture book series (2012–2015) and Carol the Coral (2016)—as well as more than a hundred short stories, articles, and book reviews. His writing has seen publication in venues such as Mānoa, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, the Raleigh News & Observer, Farrago’s Wainscot, Hot Metal Bridge, Strange Horizons, Subterranean Magazine, The Third Alternative, Electric Velocipede, and many other places; and has been shortlisted for the SLF Fountain Award, Brenda L. Smart Award for Short Fiction, SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Award and POPULAR Readers’ Choice Award, and honorably mentioned twice in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

Lundberg is the fiction editor at Epigram Books, and has served as a prose mentor with Singapore’s Creative Arts Programme and Ceriph Mentorship Programme. In addition, he is the founding editor of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction (est. 2012), series editor for the biennial Best New Singaporean Short Stories anthology series (2013, 2015), editor of Fish Eats Lion (2012), and co-editor of A Field Guide to Surreal Botany (2008) and Scattered, Covered, Smothered (2004). From 2005–2008, he facilitated an occasional podcast called Lies and Little Deaths: A Virtual Anthology.

A 2002 graduate of the prestigious Clarion Writers Workshop, Lundberg also holds a Master’s degree in creative writing from North Carolina State University. He is an active member in PEN American Center, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; he is also a Buddhist lay practitioner in the Mahayana tradition, having formally taken Refuge in 2008 and received his refuge name (Thubten Jangchub, which means “Enlightened Mind of the Buddha-Way”) from Venerable Thubten Chodron.

He recently completed a novella, The Diary of One Who Disappeared (recipient of a 2013 Creation Grant from Singapore’s National Arts Council), and a full-length novel, A Fickle and Restless Weapon.


Selected Reviews

“Jason Erik Lundberg’s third collection, Strange Mammals, gathers 25 short stories in which literary naturalism gives way to the surreal, the absurd and the magical. […] Lundberg has the enviable talent of achieving emotionally resonant effects within just a few pages.” —Eric Brown, The Guardian, on Strange Mammals

“Lundberg combines accessibility with a uniquely Singaporean flavor in his selections. SF readers looking to expand their horizons will enjoy visiting new worlds from an unaccustomed point of view.” —Publishers Weekly, on Fish Eats Lion: New Singaporean Speculative Fiction

“I am not usually a fan of magic realist tales or stories that blend the contemporary mundane with magic, but Lundberg’s collection of ‘equatorial fantastika’ may make me a convert. Each of these stories are carefully crafted and make exceptional use of Lundberg’s own time and space for narratives that are equal parts Kafka, ancient folklore, and travelogue. […] You absolutely must read Red Dot Irreal.” —John Ottinger, Grasping for the Wind, on Red Dot Irreal

“Singapore’s fiction revival is on track! Thirty-five years after Robert Yeo’s landmark curation of the best national stories of his time, the project re-begins with a fresh slate of short fiction that rightly welcomes several new names. Jason Erik Lundberg has done an outstanding job of choosing stories you will want to return to—like rooms in the head—for years to come!” —Gwee Li Sui, author and illustrator of Myth of the Stone, on The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume One

“All the writing is surprising and fascinating. As a reader, some knowledge of the region helps, but is not necessary. The great thing about LONTAR is the broad range of speculative fiction showcased here with a guaranteed burst of Southeast Asian culture. […] LONTAR has produced quality, intricate and original work that entertains and distills a yearning in the reader for more.” —Zara Adcock, The Review Review, on LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction

“There’s a lot of very competent fiction around these days — we’re a very professional bunch, us SF writers. And sometimes I’ll come across a story that’s perfectly-paced, which has clearly-distinguished characters, strong settings and lots of surprises, written in sentences that are never badly-formed, with not a single word out of place. And they’re soulless. Sometimes I think writers can be far too good, if you see what I mean. But then I’ll come across a story that might be full of rough edges but which just leaps out from the page: a distinctive voice, a quirky take on the world, a way with words that’s like no other. I’d choose spark over polish every time. It’s probably invidious to name names, so I’ll skip over the established writers who are most likely to do this for me, but some of the newer writers I’m particularly excited about include Neil Williamson, Anna Tambour, Chris Dolley, Jason Erik Lundberg, and Lavie Tidhar.” —Keith Brooke, editor of Infinity Plus, in an interview with Jeff VanderMeer for SF Site


Interviews


Appearances

All events in Singapore, unless otherwise noted

2017

09-13 Aug

World Science Fiction Convention
Helsinki, Finland

2016

27 Nov

Panel: The Lives of Others—The Many Lives of Fiction (moderator)
George Town Literary Festival
with James Scudamore, Zishu Li, Faisal Tehrani and Olga Martynova
George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Room 1, Wisma Yeap Chor Ee (WYCE), 1115am-1215pm

26 Nov

Book Launch: Everything About Us: Readings from Readings 3 ed. Sharon Bakar
George Town Literary Festival

George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Classroom, Wisma Yeap Chor Ee (WYCE), 100-200pm

25 Nov

GTLF 2016 Opening Ceremony
George Town Literary Festival

George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Black Kettle, 105 Beach Street, 630-1030pm

24 Nov

2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize Award Ceremony
Pan Pacific Singapore, 700-1000pm

12 Nov

Panel: The Rise of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction (moderator)
Singapore Writers Festival
with Eka Kurniawan, JY Yang and Ng Yi-Sheng
The Arts House, Play Den, 230-330pm

Brand New Books: #EBFP2015 Longlist (Kappa Quartet by Daryl Yam and Annabelle Thong by Imran Hashim)
Singapore Writers Festival

The Arts House, Gallery II, 1000-1100am

10 Nov

Panel: The Role of Literary Journals
Singapore Writers Festival

with Cyril Wong (mod), Yong Shu Hoong and Clara Chow
The Arts House, Living Room, 830-930pm

09 Nov

Brand New Books: Heaven Has Eyes by Philip Holden
Singapore Writers Festival

The Arts House, Living Room, 830-930pm

05 Nov

Brand New Books: We Contain Multitudes ed. Jason Wee & Cyril Wong
Singapore Writers Festival

The Arts House, Gallery II, 400-500pm

04 Nov

An Evening of Sayang
Singapore Writers Festival

The Arts House, Entrance, 600-700pm

27 Aug

Meet the Authors: O Thiam Chin & Balli Kaur Jaswal (moderator)
Kinokuniya Neo SIMS, 400-500pm

22 Jul

Now That It’s Over—Author and Editor In Conversation (moderator)
BooksActually, 700-830pm

14 Jul

2016 Singapore Literature Prize Awards Ceremony
Regent Hotel, Royal Pavilion Ballroom, 700-1000pm

13 Jul

The Great Singaporean Novel: Fantasy or Reality?
The Projector, Redrum, 630-800pm

25 Jun

In Conversation With Krishna Udayasankar
Math Paper Press Day
BooksActually, 1100am-12noon

09 Jun

Panel: Meet the SLP 2016 Shortlisted English Authors (moderator)
National Library Building, 715-830pm

01 Jun

Workshop: Worldbuilding 101: Strange New Worlds
Creative Arts Seminar
National University of Singapore, 230-530pm

29 May

Storytelling Visit
Imagine|Native Creative Fest for Kids
SEA Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, 1215-120pm

25 May

Panel: The Editors Are Your Best Friend (moderator)
Asian Festival of Children’s Content
National Library Building, 1145am-1245pm

03 Mar

Panel: Once Upon a Time (and Time Again)
Words Go Round
Hwa Chong Institution, 330-430pm

28 Feb

Storytelling Visit
My Imagination Kingdom, 230-330pm

04 Feb

Storytelling Visit
Quayside Isle Preparatory School, Sentosa Cove, 1100am-1200pm

2015

13 Dec

Storytelling Visit
Epigram Books Pop-Up Store

Epigram Books, 200-300pm

05 Dec

Book Launch: The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Two (moderator)
Kinokuniya Neo SIMS, 200-300pm

19 Nov

Storytelling Visit
Chatsworth Kindergarten Bedok, 900-1000am

14 Nov

Book Launch: A Curious Bundle for Bo Bo and Cha Cha
Books Ahoy!, Orchard FORUM, 300-400pm
Woods in the Books, Tiong Bahru, 1130am-1230pm

08 Nov

SWF 2015 Closing Reception
Singapore Writers Festival

The Arts House, Entrance, 800-1000pm

Panel: Aliens At Home (moderator)
Singapore Writers Festival

The Arts House, Blue Room, 400-500pm

05 Nov

2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize Award Ceremony
Pan Pacific Singapore, 700-1000pm

04 Nov

Brand New Books: Big Mole by Ming Cher (moderator) (FB event)
Singapore Writers Festival

The Arts House, Gallery, 700-800pm

Storytelling Visit
One World International School, 1045am-1230pm

02 Nov

Boot Camp Workshop and Editing Talk
Select Centre Translators Lab

Singapore Management University, 1000am-330pm

01 Nov

Brand New Books: Epigram Books Anthologies (moderator) (FB event)
(Launch of The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Two and LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction issues #4 and 5)
Singapore Writers Festival

The Arts House, Gallery, 700-800pm

Brand New Books: It Never Rains on National Day by Jeremy Tiang (FB event)
Singapore Writers Festival

The Arts House, Gallery, 400-500pm

Brand New Books: UNION: 15 Years of Drunken Boat, 50 Years of Writing From Singapore edited by Ravi Shankar and Alvin Pang
Singapore Writers Festival

The Arts House, Gallery, 230-330pm

Brand New Books: Epigram Books Children’s Picture Books (FB event)
(Launch of A Curious Bundle for Bo Bo and Cha Cha)
Singapore Writers Festival

Asian Civilisations Museum, River Room, 1100am-1200pm

30 Oct

SWF 2015 Opening Night Dinner
Singapore Writers Festival

The Arts House, Entrance, 630-800pm

27 Oct

Storytelling Visit
Quayside Isle Preparatory School, Sentosa Cove, 1030am-12pm

23 Jun

Panel: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Singapore Committee for UN Women, Woolf Works, 700-900pm

13 Jun

Storytelling Visit
British Council Pre-School, Tampines Concourse, 1215-1255pm, 115-155pm

03 Jun

Celebrating Our Stars
Asian Festival of Children’s Content

National Library Building, The Pod, 630-800pm

Workshop: Tripping the Heavy Fantastic
Creative Arts Seminar

National University of Singapore, 230-530pm

19 May

Storytelling Visit
Learning Vision @ Nanyang Polytechnic, 930-1130am

16 Apr

Storytelling Visit
Chatsworth Kindergarten Bedok, 1030-1130am

11 Apr

Panel: Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore
AWP Conference & Bookfair

Minneapolis Convention Center & Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
Room L100 F&G, Lower Level, 1200-115pm

10 Apr

Author Signing
AWP Conference & Bookfair

Minneapolis Convention Center & Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
Exhibit Space 1514, 200-300pm

07 Mar

Panel: Writing Talk with Authors of SLP-Winning and Shortlisted Books (moderator)
The Book Café, 730-830pm

27 Jan

Storytelling Visit
EtonHouse International Preschool (Mountbatten 718), 915-1030am

2014

05 Dec

Joint Book Launch: LONTAR #2 and 3
BooksActually, 730-900pm

23 Nov

Book Launch: A Luxury We Cannot Afford
The Arts House, Living Room, 400-530pm

08 Nov

Little Lit: Epigram Books Presents New Picture Books
(Launch of Bo Bo and Cha Cha Cook Up a Storm)
Singapore Writers Festival

SMU Campus Green, Festival Pavilion, 230-330pm

Meet the Author: Karen Joy Fowler (moderator)
Singapore Writers Festival

National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre, 1000-1100am

02 Nov

SWF Makan
Singapore Writers Festival

Food For Thought, National Museum of Singapore, 1230-130pm

Brand New Books: Epigram Books Presents New Literary Fiction (moderator)
Singapore Writers Festival

SMU Campus Green, Festival Pavilion, 1130am-1230pm

Brand New Books: Epigram Books Presents Literary Translations
Singapore Writers Festival

SMU Campus Green, Festival Pavilion, 1000-1100am

01 Nov

Panel: Worthy Failure vs Mediocre Success
Singapore Writers Festival

Singapore Art Museum, Glass Hall, 530-630pm

31 Oct

SWF 2014 Opening Ceremony
Singapore Writers Festival

SMU Campus Green, Makeover Tent, 530-730pm

12 Oct

Reading: Encore (Closing Party)
Singapore Literature Festival NYC

McNally Jackson Books, 700-900pm

Panel: Reading Culture
Singapore Literature Festival NYC

Book Culture, 200-400pm

11 Oct

Book Signing
Singapore Literature Festival NYC

92nd Street Y, 600-630pm

10 Oct

Panel: The Local Cosmopolitan
Singapore Literature Festival NYC

Book Culture, 700-900pm

09 Oct

Reading: What Writing Means in Singapore
Singapore Literature Festival NYC Related Event

WORD Bookstore (Brooklyn), 700-830pm

08 Oct

PEN American Center Members Mingle
Prohibition, 503 Columbus Avenue, 630-830pm

06 Oct

SFWA Annual Reception for Industry Professionals
The Manhattan Penthouse, 700-1100pm

11 Sep

Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore launch
BooksActually, 730-900pm

18 Aug

Storytelling visit
Gracefields Kindergarten, 1045am-1130pm

09 Aug

Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore launch
Kinokuniya main store, 330-430pm

30 Jul

Twenty-Four Flavours: Chicken Rice and Salted Vegetables and Duck Soup launch
BooksActually, 730-900pm

13 Jul

Let’s Read Together!
National Library Building, Outdoor Atrium, 300-500pm

17 Jun

Storytelling visit
CitiKids Academy, 1000-1100am

04 Jun

“Tripping the Heavy Fantastic”
Creative Arts Seminar

National University of Singapore, Junior College Prose-Writing Workshop, 230-530pm

03 Jun

Makan & Mingle
Asian Festival of Children’s Content

National Library Building, The Pod, 600-900pm

“Worldbuilding 101: Strange New Worlds”
Creative Arts Seminar

National University of Singapore, Secondary Prose-Writing Workshop, 1030am-130pm

02 Jun

Children’s Literature Lecture
Asian Festival of Children’s Content

National Library Building, The Pod, 600-700pm

31 May

Celebrating Our Stars
Asian Festival of Children’s Content

National Library Building, The Pod, 600-800pm

17 May

“Can You Be A Translation Editor?”
Singapore International Translation Symposium 2014

The Arts House, Living Room, 300-430pm

08 May

Storytelling visit
Chatsworth Kindergarten Bedok, 1030-1130am

27 Mar

The Unbeatables: The Queen of Hearts x The King of Caldecott Hill
The Vault, 800-1000pm

19 Mar

Babette’s Feast
Artistry Café, 700-900pm

13 Feb

Speakeasy #9: The Valentine Edition
Artistry Café, 730-900pm

09 Feb

Bo Bo and Cha Cha and the New Year Gift launch
Woods in the Books, 230-330pm

08 Jan

The Wayang at Eight Milestone launch
The Arts House, Living Room, 730-900pm

07 Jan

Embracing the Strange launch
BooksActually, 730-900pm

2013

10 Dec

Author/Editor Talk
SpeculateINK

The Arts House, Blue Room, 200-300pm

23 Nov

Typhoon Yolanda Benefit Gig
Artistry Café, 800-1100pm

09 Nov

Epigram Books Presents: The Tower & Confrontation
Singapore Writers Festival

SMU Campus Green, Festival Pavilion, 230-330pm

06 Nov

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales Screw Us Up
SWF Fringe 2013: Once Upon A Time

The Arts House, Living Room, 730-830pm

03 Nov

Alternate Realities” (with Dean Francis Alfar)
Singapore Writers Festival

Singapore Art Museum, Glass Hall, 400-500pm

02 Nov

Brand New Books: “Epigram Books Presents: Literary Fiction” (moderator)
Singapore Writers Festival

SMU Campus Green, Festival Pavilion, 1130am-1230pm

11 Oct

LONTAR #1 launch
BooksActually, 730-900pm

23 Sep

Storytelling Visit
EtonHouse International Preschool (Orchard), 915-1030am

17 Sep

Writing Workshop
NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, 100-230pm

07 Sep

READ! Singapore Presents Ken Liu (moderator)
National Library Building, Multipurpose Room, 500-630pm

07 Aug

New Word Order Presents Balli Kaur Jaswal (moderator)
The Arts House, Living Room, 730-830pm

26 Jul

The Math Paper Press Pasar Malam
BooksActually, 700-1030pm

25 Jul

Eastern Heathens Reading
BooksActually, 730-900pm

20 Jul

Writer-in-Progress
Lit Up: The Indie Arts Festival

Orita Sinclair School of Design, 12noon-100pm

15 Jul

Storytelling Visit
NLB Sengkang Library, 330-500pm

13 Jul

Twenty-Four Flavours: Century Egg launch
Food-O-Philia 2013

The Arts House, Blue Room, 800-900pm

06 Jul

Storytelling Visit
Popular Bookstore, Serangoon NEX, 200-245pm

11 Jun

Author/Editor Talk
PublishINK

The Arts House, Blue Room, 230-315pm

05 Jun

“Worldbuilding 101: Strange New Worlds”
Creative Arts Seminar

National University of Singapore, Secondary Prose-Writing Workshop, 1030am-130pm

04 Jun

“Tripping the Heavy Fantastic”
Creative Arts Seminar

National University of Singapore, Junior College Prose-Writing Workshop, 1030am-130pm

03 Jun

Literary Critique Session
Creative Arts Seminar

National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge Hall, 200-400pm

28-29 May

Writers & Illustrators Conference
Asian Festival of Children’s Content

National Library Building

26 May

Celebrating Our Stars
Asian Festival of Children’s Content

National Library Building, The Pod, 730-830pm

Author Meet & Greet
Asian Festival of Children’s Content

National Library Building, Media Mart, The Plaza, 510-530pm

24 May

Twenty-Four Flavours: Sushi launch
BooksActually, 730-900pm

16 May

Storytelling Visit
Gracefields Kindergarten, 1045am-1230pm

13 May

Singaporean Writers Sharing Session
CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls, 300-400pm

02 May

Storytelling Visit
PCF Jalan Kayu Kindergarten, 915-1100am

29 Apr

Storytelling Visit
Chatsworth Kindergarten Bedok, 1030-1130am

27 Apr

Eastern Heathens Reading
Kinokuniya main store, 400-500pm

20 Apr

Fish Eats Lion Reading
Kinokuniya main store, 200-300pm

04 Apr

Storytelling Visit
PCF Kebun Baru Kindergarten, 915-1100am

28 Mar

Fish Eats Lion Reading
Select Books, 500-645pm

23 Mar

Eastern Heathens launch
The Arts House, Living Room, 630-800pm

14 Mar

Career Day visit
Pasir Ris Primary, 930am-12noon

23 Feb

“Finding Your Voice in the Forest of Prose”
All In! Young Writers Media Festival

National Library Building, Level 5, 300-400pm