Rooftop Happy Hour with Singapore Unbound

Fri. May 26, 2023 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
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Join us on the SNFL terrace for readings, drinks, crafts, and more with Singapore Unbound!

Registration for this event is full but there may be a limited number of standby tickets available if space permits.


  • Hamid Roslan

  • Monica Youn

  • Vijay Seshadri

LIVE from NYPL's happy hours on the terrace at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) take place on select Fridays. Drop in for drinks, mingling, and crafts, as well as a short selection of curated readings!

Join us at any point between 5:30-7:30 PM. Readings will begin at about 6:15 PM.

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and for this month’s happy hour, we are proud to partner with Singapore Unbound. Building connections between Singaporean and American authors, Singapore Unbound is dedicated to the struggle for freedom of expression and equal rights for all through literary and cultural exchange.

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Hamid Roslan is the author of parsetreeforestfire (Ethos Books, 2019), a finalist for the Singapore Literature Prize 2020. His prose and poetry can be found in Violent Phenomena: 21 Essays on Translation (Tilted Axis Press, 2022), New Singapore Poetries (Gaudy Boy, 2022) and in other literary journals. Find him at

Monica Youn is the author of From From (Graywolf Press 2023), Blackacre (Graywolf Press 2016), Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), and Barter (Graywolf Press 2003). She has been awarded the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Witter Bytter Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and a Stegner Fellowship among other honors. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and the PEN Open Book Award. A former constitutional lawyer and the daughter of Korean immigrants, she grew up in Houston and now splits her time between Brooklyn and Southern California, where she is an associate professor of English at UC Irvine.

Vijay Seshadri is the author of the poetry books Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow, The Disappearances (HarperCollins India), 3 Sections, and, in 2020, That Was Now, This Is Then, as well as dozens of essays, reviews, and memoir fragments. His work has been widely published, anthologized, and recognized with a number of honors, among them the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or suspect you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please stay home.



Assistive listening devices and/or hearing loops are available at the venue. You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email or use this Gmail template. This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs. A visual navigation guide is available here.



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The New York Public Library's free services and resources are made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library. Join this group of Library lovers and take advantage of special membership benefits, like invitations to members-only virtual events, discounts at the Library Shop, and more. Join now.

LIVE from NYPL is made possible by the continuing generosity of Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund, and the support of Library patrons and friends.

This program is made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), 7th Floor Event Center 455 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016