Jennani Durai is a former journalist and a 2016 VONA/Voices Fellow.
In 2015, Jennani co-authored the official commemorative book of Singapore’s 50th birthday, Living The Singapore Story: Celebrating Our 50 Years, 1965-2015. Her debut short story collection, Regrettable Things That Happened Yesterday, was published in 2017 and brings together stories exploring the unexpected ways in which newspapers create a lasting impact on people’s lives. The book was shortlisted for the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize (English Fiction) and has been reviewed on platforms such as The Straits Times and The Rumpus. Jennani was also invited on local radio shows such as 938 NOW's On TheScene with Eugene Loh and MONEY FM 89.3's Read With Michelle Martin to talk about the book and her experiences writing it.
Jennani was awarded both Third Prize and Honourable Mention in the 2015 Golden Point Awards and was selected for the Ceriph Mentorship Programme (Prose) in 2014. Her other works of fiction have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Hayden's Ferry Review, Eastern Heathens and Best New Singaporean Short Stories (Vol 2 and Vol 4). She holds a B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of Virginia and currently resides in Guatemala with her husband.
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