School of Creative

Phong Huynh

Phong Huynh

MA Creative Writing
2019 — 2021

Phong is a poet, short story writer and novelist based in Singapore. He is graduating with an MA Creative Writing from LASALLE College of the Arts, and his stories have been published in Best Asian Short Stories 2020 and Beyond Words. He has also self-published a poetry anthology titled Air. His writings explore the tensions of love in the gay community in Singapore, the unspoken eccentricities of Asian families and the search for self-identity in modern life. He frequently performs spoken word poetry at local events such as Spoke & Bird, Singapore Poetry Slam and Destination Ink.

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Thesis work

Möbius is a novel excerpt that gives readers a glimpse into the intersection of gay life and Christian conversion therapy in the early 1990s. The story follows the protagonists Herman and Lucas as they navigate identity exploration, relationships with friends and family, affection for each other, and the church’s interventionist practices regarding homosexuality. On the one hand, we witness a resistance to church doctrines as Herman affirms his identity as a gay man. On the other hand, we gain insights into Lucas’ struggle to reconcile his trust in God and growing affection for Herman. Their lives collide and are locked in a loop of connection and separation over three decades against the backdrop of a changing Singapore.

Published work and readings

Published works

Huynh, Phong (2020). As Legal As We Are. The Best Asian Short Stories 2020, edited by Zafar Anjum, Kitaab Singapore, pp. 188-199.
Huynh, Phong (2020). The Canyon. Beyond Queer Words, edited by Gal Slonim, Beyond Words Publishing House, pp. 107-115.
Huynh, Phong (2021). Air. Singapore, Blurb, 2021. Retrieved from:

Conferences and events

Sep 2021. Read at Spoke & Bird #47.
Nov 2019. Read at Georgetown Literary Festival 2019.