what is a Dogfoot?

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“multiple-time slam champion of both the UK and Singapore, right-on wordsmith and master of comic poignancy….always finds the ice-cool magic in supposedly ordinary things.”
—James Webster, Sabotage Reviews
“achingly poignant, surreal”—Koel Mukherjee, Sabotage Reviews
“side-splitting wit, devastating insights & pathos 2 boot delivered w/ truly beguiling smile…” —@fmccomplex (Ovalhouse Theatre, London)

Stephanie Dogfoot (also known as Stephanie Chan) lives in Singapore and has been writing poetry ever since her first gerbil died when she was 11. The author of Roadkill for Beginners, a poetry collection published by Math Paper Press, she is both a Singapore (2010) and UK Slam (2012) champion and has represented both countries in international poetry slams. Her work has been featured at the Melbourne Spoken Word Festival, the George Town Literary Festival, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Glastonbury Festival and many others. She has toured Germany, Australia, Southeast Asia and most recently, North America with her poetry.  She currently curates and hosts a monthly poetry  night called Spoke & Bird which features local and international poets.

As a stand up comedian, she has been performing and hosting regularly since 2015 and was first runner up in Singapore’s first Roast Tournament in 2019. She  runs a comedy and storytelling night called Siao Char Bors which aims to highlight female and LGBTQ comedians. She has opened for local and international comics such as Kumar and John Green and has performed in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and at the Edinburgh Fringe.

A BIT MORE….

She has been performing since 2008, the summer she stumbled into her first poetry slam in Cafe deux Soleil, Vancouver.

In 2010, she won the Singapore Slam Championships and represented Singapore in the Indian Ocean Slam Championships on Reunion Island in December that year.

In 2012, she won the  UK Farrago Slam Championships and represented the UK in the European Slam Championships in Antwerp 4 days later and came in 2nd runner up.  She represented the UK in the Poetry Slam World Cup in Paris in June 2013 and got into the semifinals.

Whilst living in London from 2009-2013,  she co-hosted Hammer and Tongue Hackney and co-founded a night called Forget What You Heard (About Spoken Word). She has took her solo spoken word show ‘Foreigner Go Home (With Me!)’ [adventures, cultural learnings and straight up ridiculousness of moving to London from Singapore, via Ohio, with a few post-colonial thoughts thrown in] to the Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival in 2012 and 2013. She has also been a feature poet at the Glastonbury Festival, Small World Festival, Nozstock Festival, Southbank Centre, various squats and pub backrooms and theatres in London, and other cities around the UK, including Brighton, Bristol, Bath, Birmingham, Swindon, Cheltenham, Margate, Oxford and Aberdeen. In November 2013, she went on a tour of Germany, featuring at poetry slams in 11 cities.

She moved back to Singapore at the end of 2013. In her first few months, she got involved with organizing and hosting a monthly spoken word night called SPEAK at the Home Club, later Canvas Creative Space and became part of the all-female spoken word troupe Sekaliwags. She also began hosting Story Slam Singapore, Singapore’s first monthly true-life storytelling night, inspired by The Moth, and helps to produce and direct the annual Grand Slam storytelling competition at the Esplanade.

In 2017, she got involved with Singapore Poetry Writing Month as a moderator and editor, and edited the 2017 SingPoWriMo anthology, and is an editor of the SingPoWriMo 2018 anthology and the current SingPoWriMo magazine.  She currently teaches poetry writing and performance workshops for youth and adults around Singapore.  She is also a member of a writing workshop group called Stop at Bad End Rhymes and has been involved in the 2017 and 2019 editions of Sing Lit Body Slam, the world’s first collaborative showcase between poets and pro wrestlers.

She claims her poetry comes from the  raising of an eyebrow at the absurdity of the world, being angry, being absurdly angry, making fun of at what makes her angry, humans (the joys and horrors of interacting with them), and growing up with a lot of animals. She is inspired by places like trains, buses, this one forest in Ohio and the rainforest of Singapore.

1 thought on “what is a Dogfoot?

  1. please stand up! an ovation finally!

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