Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang was named 2005 Young Artist of the Year (Literature) by the National Arts Council, Singapore. His poetry collections, Testing The Silence (1997) and City of Rain (2003) were both listed in the Straits Times’ Top Ten Books of the Year. Pang was a founding director ofThe Literary Centre (Singapore) and Wordfeast 2004, Singapore’s first international poetry festival.

Books by Alvin Pang


UNION traces the intertwining trajectories of two dynamic communities: the cosmopolitan Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore, commemorating 50 years of national independence and writing, to celebrated literary journal Drunken Boat, marking 15 years as one of the most innovative and inclusive literary platforms in the US and the world.

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“With City of Rain, Alvin has undoubtedly filled the shoes of Billy Collins for the Singaporean literary scene. Rooted enthusiastically in our local, urban context, Alvin outdoes even the American Poet Laureate himself in terms of the flashiness of his imagery and the sheer range of ideas skillfully displayed in so many of his poems.” - Cyril Wong, author of Let Me Tell You Something About That Night and The Dictator's Eyebrow, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore

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No Other City: The Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry brings together a rich spectrum of poetic voices and visions at work in Singapore today, from published poets such as Boey Kim Cheng, Lee Tzu Pheng and Arthur Yap and to new poets such as Alfian Sa’at, Ng Yi-sheng and Teng Qian Xi.

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Alvin Pang's first collection of poetry, he draws inspiration from everyday events to highlight the familiar silences that seem laden with meanings and yet cannot be articulated easily with words. In attempting to define the boundaries, Pang shapes these silences into existence to bring forth an awareness to allow us to start to realise the meanings of these voids and the power of language.

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