Hi, I’m Liyana Dizzy.

2015-12-13-artnextdoor

Liyana Dizzy does voiceovers, instant poems, and has read original work onstage in KL, Singapore, Kathmandu, and Melbourne. She likes ashtanga yoga, Steven Universe, green tea, learning new things, playing the ukulele, discussing ideas with friends, and staying unmarried. The themes of her work are decolonisation, collaboration, collective memory, and subverting inherited constructs of the past.


2016

  • One of six co-curators of the inaugural Pesta Filem Meowlaysia, a cat video festival that made its debut at September’s Art For Grabs 
  • One of nine personalities invited to youth collective Englishjer’s Open Table Sessions at the EJ Open House 2016
  • Headlined poetry night series If Walls Could Talk vol. 21 at Gaslight Cafe, KL
  • Started Bahaya Book Club on Snapchat and Twitter
  • Livetweeted the #ReplyForAll-MY UNICEF campaign launch and townhall session in collaboration with Predator In My Phone for non-profit organisation WOMEN:girls

  • Invited to perform in Singapore at SPEAK. ft. Melizarani T Selva (MY)
  • Read on behalf of an anonymous submission to the Mata Hati Kita anthology at the book launch

2015

  • Retold Mahsuri legend through group storytelling performance at Suatukala Langkawi Festival Of Stories 2015, Langkawi, Kedah
  • Offstage performance #GeraiPuisiSegera exhibited at Art Next Door by Titian Budaya gallery exhibition, White Box, Publika
  • Instant poetry offstage performance #GeraiPuisiSegera at George Town Literary Festival 2015, Penang
  • Instant poetry offstage performance #GeraiPuisiSegera at The Other Fest 2015 in Ipoh
  • Invited by Malay Mail Online for instant poetry offstage performance #GeraiPuisiSegera at George Town Festival 2015, Penang
  • Rapporteur for Association for Progressive Communications (APC)’s Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality, & the Internet 2015
  • Co-founded Biawak Gemok Distro, an outfit that makes affordable non-profit knowledge accessible to the community— we typically open at Art For Grabs!
  • Headliner for No Black Tie KL’s spoken word and poetry series, Speak UpPerformed 8 poems from #GeraiPuisiSegera, now in its second year.
  • Wrote an instant poem for exhibit at ASEAN People’s Forum #APF2015
  • Invited to join the Art For Grabs‘ dialogue The Perils & Pleasures Of Talking About Sexism
  • Moderated #BukanSekadarBicara‘s debut discussion event (re: women’s representation in the Malaysian film industry)
  • Joined a group art exhibition and auction fundraiser for Pusat Bantuan Khidmat Sosial (PBKS) and SEED— contributed an instant poem on a watering can with artwork by Dhi

2014

  • Selected to represent Malaysia at the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review and observe the #Beijing20 process in the UNESCAP, Bangkok
  • Joined KL chapter of Young Women Making Change, a working group of 20-something year old girls throwing support behind a sexual harassment bill that has been stalled for a decade
  • Rapporteur for UN-funded workshop, Strengthening The Voices Of Young Women As Gender Equality Advocates In Southeast Asia, August 2014


2013

  • Opened first #GeraiPuisiSegera at the Cooler Lumpur Festival. The ‘instant noodle’-style poetry booth serves up poems in public, written in 5-10 minutes on late grandfather’s typewriter, for anyone who’d offer 3 words
  • Invited by Kathmandu Word Warriors to be a guest performer at NABE Radio #2: Beats, Rhymes & Life, Nepal
  • Performed at KERTAS Exhibition Launch, Art Row Publika
  • Assisted artist Sharon Chin for a week in Singapore executing her Projek #MandiBunga, Singapore Biennale
  • Won herself The Best Dr Martens Job In The World

 

2012

  • Part of the 24-writer lineup at Story Fest 2012 at PJ Live Arts. Bio in event flyer reads: “LIYANA DIZZY (@liy) turns a quarter of a century old this year & is well on her way to becoming the crazy cat lady her mother raised her to be.”
  • Played ukulele onstage at Scale: a mini music instrument showcase accompanying Ying Nee Ooi and Faiqsyazwan Kuhiri
  • Worked with Kakiseni Arts Exchange #AEXKL2012 
  • Read for British Council’s Dickens 2012 Read-a-thon Malaysian edition

 

2011

readingslaunch
At the book launch of Readings from Readings

2009

  • founded the tumblr fuckyeahreading!
  • co-created poetry-music duo Dizzy & The (now hibernating), whose EP was voted Best Spoken Word Album of 2009 by Juice magazine & 2nd Runner-Up Best Electronic/Fusion Act for Junksounds Awards in the same year.
  • recorded spoken word for Hot Buttered Melbourne, a poetry CD released in conjunction with Melbourne Writers Fest
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Dizzy And The, at The Wknd live session

Pre-2009

  • Created (now-asleep) ReadKL, as seen in The Malay Mail
  • Elected an ambassador for the Nokia N82
  • Sent by British Council to perform in the Singapore Writers Festival 2007
  • Winner, DiGi Apostrophe’s Short Short Story Competition 2006
  • Shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Young Malaysians
  • Winner of Kinokuniya World Book Day Essay Competition
  • Received an honourable mention in a Commonwealth Essay Competition (high school days)

About this website

Misi/visi: documenting thought process, body of work, projects, socio-personal yak, photos, loving other people; a general headquarters. dizzy.li is the seventh incarnation of me sharing stuff I write online (if you can name all six, I think I might need to buy you a drink). Out of the seven, I think the ‘turning points’ were diaryland (where I knew this would be a routine I’d keep up for as long as I could) and dizzy.circusitch.org (‘faeries in my coffee’), lovingly hosted by Rocket Queen, one of my favourite writers. ‘dizzyfirefly’, my first post-IRC alias in 2003, eventually got whittled down to Dizzy. People still call me that today. This domain is now lovingly hosted by Lainie.