There is no titular story in Inez Tan’s debut collection This is Where I Won’t Be Alone. As an American reader, I first considered this title a statement of theme or artistic destination. But if you’re Singaporean, then you know the title as an excerpt from a popular 1998 song called “Home,” written by Dick Lee for the first in a series of songs Singapore’s National Day Parade, celebrated on August 9th of each year.
A Cajun Louisiana native, Samantha Bares earned her MFA in fiction at the Helen Zell Writers' Program. During her MFA candidacy, she won the Frederick Busch Prize in Fiction. Her work has most recently appeared in NightBlock and Epigraph Magazine. Samantha is currently a Zell Postgraduate Fellow, working on a novel-length swamp opera.