When The World Needs Poetry

When The World Needs Poetry



3 Nov, Sun 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


The Arts House, Living Room
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This session is in English


Lawrence Ypil


The world is struggling with environmental destruction, war, and social fractures. How important is poetry in speaking to the struggles the world faces? In this conversation, poets will discuss examples of how poetry has given hope to bleakness, saving the world one stanza at a time.

This session is made possible with the assistance of the Embassy of Portugal.


Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, which won the Lavan Younger Poets Award; many edited volumes and translations; and six books of nonfiction, among them, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. He directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Photo credit: Ram Devenini

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Miguel-Manso (Portugal, 1979) is a poet whose work has been in print since 2008. In cinema he has written, produced, and directed (in collaboration) the feature film Bibliography (HD, 2013). He has done theatre collaborations with several theatre companies and directors. He has been invited to be participating speaker at literary festivals, lectures, and poetry readings, in and outside of Portugal.

Photo credit: Filipe Bonito

Miguel-Manso is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Grace Chia


Grace Chia is the author of nine books, with her poetry and prose published in Singapore and internationally, including works translated into French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, and Serbo-Croat. Her works include Every Moving Thing That Lives Shall Be Food, The Wanderlusters, Cordelia, and Mother of All Questions. She was the inaugural NAC-NTU Writer-in-Residence from 2011-2012, and was a resident writer at Toji Cultural Centre and Seoul Art Space Yeonhui. In 2018, she collaborated with Marcel Heijnen by writing haikus for his photo book, Hong Kong Garage Dogs.

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Yong Shu Hoong is the author of six poetry collections, including Frottage (2005) and The Viewing Party (2013), which both won the Singapore Literature Prize, and the latest, Right of the Soil (2018). He has edited anthologies like Passages: Stories of Unspoken Journeys (2013) and Here Now There After (2017), which was commissioned for the #BuySingLit movement.


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