Aaron Lee

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Aaron Lee Soon Yong (born 7 June 1972 in Malaysia) is a Singaporean prize-winning poet who writes in English.

Aaron began writing poetry during his days at Raffles Institution, a secondary school in Singapore where he befriended other students who would also eventually go on to become published Singaporean writers. By 1990, he had, along with other ex-school mates, Jonathan Kuan Wei Han, Tong Jo Tze, Alvin Pang and Jeffrey Lim, interested a Singapore publisher, VJ Times, in the publication of an anthology of poems contributed by the five writers. This collection, In Search of Words, was published in 1991.[1]

Lee's first collection of poems, A Visitation of Sunlight, was named one of the best books of 1997 by The Straits Times.[2] The collection was well received and played a part in a late 1990s resurgence of interest in Singapore poetry centred on a new generation of Singapore poets.

In 1999, the title poem of his book was selected for the National Arts Council’s Poems on the Move programme, a national initiative to bring poetry to the masses on public transport.

Lee’s work has been anthologised in such publications as Rhythms: a Millennial Anthology of Poetry (Singapore), the New Straits Times (Malaysia), Anglistik (Germany), and Fifty on 50 (Singapore).

Lee is the co-editor of No Other City: the Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry [3] and Love Gathers All: the Philippines- Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry [4] (for which the editors were given an award by the Singapore International Foundation). He has given talks and readings in Malaysia, Germany, the US, the Philippines and Australia.

In 2007, Lee released his second poetry collection, Five Right Angles.[5] The book went on to become a finalist in the Singapore Literature Prize awards of 2008.

He is active in the literary scene in mentoring young poets and conducting school workshops and seminars on creative writing. He is married to an artist and educationist, Namiko Chan. He is a Christian, and his work displays a range of Christian themes and imagery.

In 2014, Lee launched his third poetry collection, Coastlands, at the Singapore Writers Festival. Coastlands documents his life experience as a pilgrim still finding his place in the wider world.[6]



  1. ^ http://www.thecore.nus.edu.sg/post/singapore/literature/poetry/soonyong/bio1.html, accessed 17 September 2007
  2. ^ A Visitation of Sunlight, Ethos Books, 1997, ISBN 981-00-9536-8, http://www.ethosbooks.com.sg/store/mli_viewItem.asp?idProduct=69, accessed 17 September 2007
  3. ^ No Other City: The Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry, Ethos Books, 2000, ISBN 981-04-2276-8
    http://www.ethosbooks.com.sg/store/mli_viewItem.asp?idProduct=79, accessed 17 September 2007
  4. ^ Love Gathers All: The Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry (PB) , Ethos Books, 2002, ISBN 981-04-5101-6 (PB); http://www.ethosbooks.com.sg/store/mli_viewItem.asp?idProduct=78, accessed 17 September 2007
  5. ^ Five Right Angles, Ethos Books, 2007, ISBN 978-981-05-8368-2; http://www.ethosbooks.com.sg/store/mli_viewItem.asp?idProduct=198, accessed 17 September 2007
  6. ^ "Coastlands by Aaron Lee | After the Fall by Eric Tinsay Valles | Changes and Chances by Leonard Ng". Singapore Writers Festival. National Arts Council. Retrieved 7 November 2014.