Alvin Pang


Author's Bio

Alvin Pang is a poet, writer, editor and cultural activist. His two volumes of poetry, TESTING THE SILENCE (Ethos Books, 1997) and CITY OF RAIN (2003) were listed as The Straits Times Top Ten Books of the Year. He is also co-editor of several acclaimed anthologies, including the urban collection No Other City: The Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry (2000) and the bilateral initiatives Love Gathers All (Philippines), Over There (with Australia) and Doubleskin (with Italy). A Fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program, his writing has been featured in major publications, productions and festivals around the world. A former teacher, civil servant, journalist and new media director, he presently edits a public policy journal for the Civil Service College in Singapore. He also advises the National Arts Council and other institutions on literary and strategic issues. He is a founding director of WORDFEAST - Singapore’s first international poetry festival, and CATALYST -- a non-profit organisation promoting interdisciplinary capacity, multilingual communication, and positive social change.

Publications and Prizes

City of Rain
(Ethos Books, 2003)
, Testing the Silence
(Ethos Books, 1997)
Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
, Prose Poetry East Asia
(Firewheel Editions, 2010)
, The Gift of Experience
(Atlanta Review, 2004)
91st Meridien, Atlanta Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Dim Sum, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Riding the Meridian, Salt, Shampoo, Slope, Softblow, Soundings Review, Stylus Poetry Journal, The Drunken Boat, The Wolf
Prizes Won: 
* National Arts Council Young Artist of the Year (2005) * Singapore Youth Award (Arts and Culture) (2007) * JCCI Foundation Education Award (2008)

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Last updated: Aug 12, 2009