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[LineBreak] Alvin Pang: One More Ghost

November 14, 2015

The power of poetry comes partly from its ability to explode a language when it no longer feels adequate enough to explain the extraordinary times we live in. This month on The Line Break, Ryan talks to the Singapore-born poet, editor and translator – Alvin Pang – about multiculturalism and poetry as a force of resistance: against public expectations, political oppression and cultural efficiencies, as well as our own longings, ambivalences, lost hopes, fears and anxieties. Alvin recites a few of his extraordinary poems, and Ryan sets two more poetry sparks for you all to try out: writing family, and lashing out against bullies, bosses, and dictators.

Listeners to The Line Break can also join the The Line Break group on CAMPUS, the Poetry School’s free online community for poets.

Produced by Culture Laser Productions @culturelaser

Alvin Pang on the Prairie Schooner

October 25, 2013

My fascinating chat with Singapore poet Alvin Pang about the interaction of cultures in his home city, Singlish and his granny’s aphorisms has been published on the Prairie Schooner.

Ryan Frequents a Speakeasy

October 3, 2013

During my continued adventures around the globe, I’ll be in Artistry in Singapore as part of their Speakeasy series. If you’re in town come join us!

What: Speakeasy #6

Where: 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149.

When: 12 October 2013, 19:00 – 22:00.

Ryan Is a World Voice in Singapore

September 28, 2013

Shortly after my voyage to Australia I’ll be hitting Singapore for a show alongside Alvin Pang, an awesome poet and thoroughly personable fellow.
World Voices features Ryan Van Winkle
 9 October, 7.30pm, Earshot Café, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore.

Ryan Van Winkle is an American poet who resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. His incredibly personal and intimate poetry-theatre experiment Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel, which has been showcased at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe amongst other places, has been known to captivate even those who shun poetry.

Join us as he reads from his evocative poetry, and presents a treat in the form of his ViewMaster. Ryan’s ViewMaster is a personal slide-show performance that is at times surprising and surreal, and offers viewers a chance to travel through scenes with your eyes and ears.

This session will be moderated by Alvin Pang, a noted and award winning poet.
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Alvin Pang Talks Singapore Literature on the SPL Podcast

April 27, 2013

In one fascinating conversation, Singaporean poet Alvin Pang discusses language identity, Singapore literature and poetic practice with at the StAnza 2013 poetry festival. Alvin reads his poems and a selection from his anthology TUMASIK: Contemporary Writing from Singapore. Alvin has a great sense of humour, a marvelous reading voice, and shares some razor-sharp perspectives on the political power of both his poetry and its playfulness. Elsewhere, he talks about how Seamus Heaney influenced his work, his grandmother’s deadly Cantonese aphorisms and he reads a poem of his written in the distinctive unofficial language of Singapore, Singlish, the existence of which, he argues, has huge potential political power. I learned a lot, and if you click the play button, I just know you will too.

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