Poets and poetry lovers, we welcome you to the thirty seventh session of our poetry open mic at The Gaslight, Kuala Lumpur.


BERNICE CHAULY is the award-winning author of six books of poetry and prose, which include Growing Up With Ghosts (2011) and Onkalo (2013, “Direct, honest and powerful” —JM Coetzee). Born in George Town, Penang to Chinese-Punjabi teachers, she read Education and English Literature in Canada as a government scholar. She was an Honorary Fellow at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) in 2014, has served as Festival Director of the George Town Literary Festival since 2011, and now lectures at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). Her highly anticipated debut novel Once We Were There (2017) begins during one of Malaysia’s most tumultuous periods, the Reformasi of 1998.

Bassman and singer-songwriter, LEON SAPPHIRE is an up and coming R&B gem. He shields his insights on the insanity of modern life behind lyrical mazes and dark hooks. While he remains elusive about his past, he insists on sharing the lessons that he has learned while on his path of hedonism. He has performed alongside Akhyla’s Fong Shelhiel and has opened for Canadian producer Tennyson.


Beatrix Kang
Sree Shalini
Haikal Hamdan
Myrra Baity
Arief Arman
Ashvin Tiwana
Natashya Khoo
Jiin Woei Lee
Emily Tan
Julian Matthews
Gwendoline Esther
Ashraf Farid
Wan Rezal
Fatimah Bajrai


COVER CHARGE: RM18 (inclusive of one drink)
We would like to pay our featured acts and eventually afford to bring in other great poets of the world to our stage. Your donation will go a long way in helping the spoken word community do so. Gratitude to you.

1. Look for NEROTECA at Plaza Damansara. On the right side of the restaurant, you will see a stairwell, a Blue Light will be projected on the floor. Walk up the stairs, you will see Blue Elephant, keep walking upstairs, you will hear 60s music, you are close so keep walking up and you’ll see a huge banner saying GASLIGHT cafe. That would be the one.

2. Try WAZE or Google Maps to Gaslight Cafe.

3. If all else fails, call Meliza 0124298464

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