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Magna Gratia

We extend our heartfelt thanks to:

Above all, God, for all His provisions. Thank you for guiding us steadily through this project.

Catholic200SG Festival, for which this anthology was featured in the Luminary Lit Exhibition. Both editors Desmond F. X. Kon and Eric Tinsay Valles had their poetry collections selected for the gallery exhibit. The respective books were: Reading to Ted Hesburgh and After the Fall: dirges among ruins. The capstone of the year-long anniversary celebrations, Catholic200SG Festival held its festivities around the Cathedral Of The Good Shepherd, St. Peter and Paul Church, Catholic Centre and St. Joseph’s Church (Victoria Street). This locality marks where the early Catholics first settled and built churches in Singapore.

Poetry On The Move, for featuring our anthology contributors in a lovely overseas pre-launch reading. The University of Canberra’s Poetry on the Move is a fully curated festival, run as a major initiative of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research.

Singapore Writers Festival for organising Off The Cuff, a panel discussion on poetry as memorable speech, where the anthology informally gave readers a pocket-sized preview of its premise and content.

Poetry Festival Singapore for hosting and broadcasting our special twelve-feature reading marathon released over the Advent season. The first three-author reading debuted the first Sunday of Catholic200SG, with the final collective reading published on Christmas Day. Poetry Festival Singapore is supported by the National Arts Council, which we remain grateful to for such invaluable support in so many of our literary endeavours.

PoetryWalls Singapore for providing us a beautiful platform to promote our online readings, which allowed us to bring together such eminent authors from across the world.

Virginia Commonwealth University for admitting our anthology collaterals within its archival collection of Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Virginia Poet Laureate Emerita. for spreading the word, and providing our anthology a permanent presence within Poetry and Religion Resources.

The Arts House, National Library Board, Singapore Book Council, and Sing Lit Station for having us onboard to conduct various literary events, where we were able to share the importance of writing for self-healing and self-discovery. From such workshops were birthed ideas and texts that attained their polish for publication here.

All the stellar writers who gave of their time and imagination to engage with our theme of Christian writing, contributing their important voices, without which this anthology would not have been possible. Most of the poems published here retain their little quirks and imperfections, all of which we cherish.

In the wise words of St. Augustine: “In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.”

Then, there’s St. Thomas Aquinas, who said: “The things that we love tell us what we are.”

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