Youth Poet Ambassador is an initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC).
The NAC aims to nurture the arts in Singapore, and to make it an integral part of the lives of all Singaporeans. We celebrate excellence in the arts and work to make it accessible to all. We believe the arts to be a vital avenue for self-expression, learning and reflection, and are constantly striving to create a sustainable environment within which the arts can thrive. We spur local artists on towards entertaining, enriching and inspiring Singapore, and the rest of the world as well.
One YPA will be selected for the duration of 24 months. Over the period, the YPA will conduct at least six public literary programmes (such as workshops and poetry readings) and pursue at least two development opportunities (such as masterclasses and residencies) including one manuscript. The YPA could also work with poets to guide them in crafting their poetic voice. The inaugural appointment is for 2017 -2018.
For more information, please go to www.nac.gov.sg
Pooja Nansi is Singapore's Inaugural Youth Poet Ambassador (2017-2018)
She believes in the power that performance can lend to the written word and is the author of two collections of poetry, Stiletto Scars and Love is An Empty Barstool. She is also the co-author of a teacher’s resource for Singaporean poetry, Local Anaesthetic. Her work has been published and showcased extensively both locally and abroad in places such as New York, London, Canberra and Myanmar.
Since April 2013, she has been curating a monthly spoken word and poetry showcase called Speakeasy which plays to packed audiences. She plays a mentorship role in several youth writing groups and runs the Singapore chapter of Burn After Reading, a collective started for young emerging poets (aged 16-24) who are encouraged to write, read, perform and publish as widely as possible.
Her most recent work is her one woman show You Are Here which explores family histories and stories of migration. It showed in Singapore as part of the Esplanade Studios series and toured to the Queensland poetry festival in 2016.
She was the NAC-NTU Writer in Residence for 2015-2016 and was also a 2016 recipient of the Young Artist Award, Singapore's highest accolade for arts practitioners under 35.
She currently teaches Creative Writing in Nanyang Technological University and as an educator and writer, she is committed to making poetry relevant to the lives of the people she comes in contact with.
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