‘Angry Indian poet? I’ll take it’: Singaporean writer Pooja Nansi speaks up

04 Nov 2017

Singapore’s first Youth Poet Ambassador opens up about what it’s like to be a minority and a woman in the local literary scene, why poetry is like a Spotify playlist, and the importance of listening to young people.

[Arts in Your Neighbourhood] .txt

9 - 26 Nov 2017 / Time: 10:00AM to 10:00PM / Venue: Westgate (L1 Fashion High Street) and Canopy @ J Link

Conceived and devised by critically acclaimed writers Pooja Nansi and Daryl Qilin Yam, .txt comprises two text-based visual arts installations inspired by Jurong and its surroundings, drawing materials from existing texts, interviews and original writings. Located at Jurong East, the installations explore the interaction between language and its specific localities, bringing to attention the peculiar aspects of the Jurong neighbourhood.

A commission for Arts in Your Neighbourhood.

Copy Of -20 Questions for... Pooja Nansi

18 October, 2017

We are thrilled to launch our first artist interview feature called 20 Questions, with the wonderful Pooja Nansi! Her work has been described as “unflinching, lyrical and quietly honest”.  She is the author of two collections of poetry, Stiletto Scars and Love is An Empty Barstool. Since April 2013, she has been curating a monthly spoken word and poetry showcase called Speakeasy which plays to packed audiences. Her one woman show You Are Here which explores her own family history of migration was showcased as part of the Esplanade Studios Series in 2016 and has since toured to Australia for the Queensland Poetry Festival. She was a recipient of the Young Artist Award in 2016. She is also Singapore’s first Youth Poet Ambassador. Here she answered 20 artist interview questions for us.

Pooja Nansi on "2017 Prestige Singapore 40 Under 40"

First published in Prestige Singapore’s September 2017 issue

"Seeking out unique business opportunities, promoting the arts, pushing scientific frontiers, defending the under-represented, and preserving culture and heritage — we present the movers and shakers and the dream makers to watch."

Singapore’s first Youth Poet Ambassador announced today

Singapore, March, 2017

Pooja Nansi, the 35-year-old creative writing teacher at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and author of poetry collections Love Is An Empty Barstool (2013) and Stiletto Scars (2007), has been appointed as the island’s inaugural Youth Poet Ambassador (YPA) for 2017 - 2018. The YPA programme was initiated by the National Arts Council as part of a wider strategy to deepen the role that literary arts can play in shaping Singapore’s society.

Poetry gets a push with new programme for young poets

1 October, 2016 (Published in The Straits Times print edition)

Young poets looking for a chance to hone their craft and spread the love for poetry have much to look forward to. A new Youth Poet Ambassador programme will kick off next year, with a poet between the age of 21 and 35 picked to help engage youth and inspire them to express themselves through poetry.

Are you a young, inspiring poet? You might be the next Youth Poet Ambassador

30 September, 2016 (Published in TODAY Online) | By Reena Devi Shanmuga Retnam

SINGAPORE — A new Youth Poet Ambassador (YPA) will be appointed for the very first time by the National Arts Council (NAC), with the aim to engage and inspire more young people to express themselves through poetry, and hopefully nurture a pool of younger generation poets.

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