04 October 2016
NTU Writers in Residence Pooja Nansi (2015-2016) and Marc Nair (2016-2017) have been conferred the Young Artist Award 2016.
The Young Artist Award, administered by the National Arts Council, was introduced in 1992 to encourage the development of young artistic talents in Singapore. It represents Singapore's highest award for young art practitioners, aged 35 years and below in the year of the award, whose artistic achievements and commitment have distinguished them among their peers. It encourages young practitioners to continue pursuing excellence in the arts, and to look towards inspiring others. Recipients will be eligible for the Young Artist Award Grant of up to $20,000.
Pooja Nansi is a poet who believes in the power that performance can lend to the written word. She has published two collections of poetry: Stiletto Scars (2007) and Love is an Empty Barstool (2013). She has also co-edited a poetry anthology, co-authored a teacher’s resource for Singaporean poetry, and performed and conducted workshops in Singapore and abroad. Since April 2013, she has been curating a monthly spoken word and poetry event called Speakeasy at Artistry, which has showcased both emerging and established poets from places as diverse as Burma and Botswana. She also 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. Since 2009, she has also been one half of the spoken word and music duo The Mango Dollies along with singer-songwriter Anjana Srinivasan. She was an NTU-NAC Writer in Residence (National) for 2015-2016.
Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore. He has published six volumes of poetry and has performed spoken word for over ten years in more than ten countries. His latest collection is Spomenik, a series of poems and photographs from the Balkans. Marc was the 2015 Writer-In-Residence at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, a culture magazine. Marc is an NTU-NAC Writer in Residence (National) for 2016-2017.
Our heartiest congratulations to Pooja Nansi and Marc Nair!