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Ng Yi-Sheng in 2008
|Born||25 November 1980 (age 37)
|Alma mater||Columbia University
University of East Anglia
Ng Yi-Sheng (simplified Chinese: 吴易盛; traditional Chinese: 吳易盛; pinyin: Wú Yì Shèng; born 1980) is a Singaporean gay writer. He has published a collection of his poems entitled last boy, which won the Singapore Literature Prize, and a documentary book on gay, lesbian and bisexual Singaporeans called SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century in 2006.
Early life and education
Ng lived in Hong Kong with his parents for three years during his childhood. On his return to Singapore, he attended the Anglo-Chinese School. He graduated from Columbia University, USA, where he majored in Comparative Literature and Writing. His writing teachers at Columbia University included Louise Rose, Steve Austin, Paul Violi and Timothy Donnelly. He completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2014.
Through the initiative of the Creative Arts Programme, he underwent mentorship schemes with the poets Lee Tzu Pheng and Angeline Yap, as well as worked on playwriting under Theatreworks' Greenhouse Project and The Necessary Stage's Playwright's Cove.
His poems have been published in the poetry anthologies First Words, onewinged, No Other City and Love Gathers All, as well as the journals the2ndRule, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Softblow, Quarto, Asian Journal and Queer. In 1998, he won first prize in the NUS Poetry Competition, and in 2003, fared similarly at the Writers' Week Poetry slam.
His performed plays include Serve (The Ordinary Theatre), Snake (Stage Right), Redhill Blues (Creative Arts Alumni Programme, Republic Polytechnic), Hungry (Theatreworks, Singapore Polytechnic, Anderson Secondary School and International Islamic University, Malaysia). One of his plays formed the core of Poetic Licence, a performance poetry production by STAGES presented in 2002 and 2005.
In August 2006, he published a collection of gay, lesbian and bisexual Singaporeans' coming out stories, SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century. In October 2006, he published his first collection of poetry, Last Boy, which won the Singapore Literature Prize.
Ng performed slam poetry pieces for ContraDiction, Singapore's first gay poetry reading event held in 2005, and was a co-organiser and performer in its sequel, ContraDiction 2, in 2006.
He delivered a lecture on Western gay history during IndigNation 2006, Singapore's second gay pride season.
This article lacks ISBNs for the books listed in it. (June 2011)
- Ng, Yi-Sheng; Wee, Jason (2006), SQ21: Singapore queers in the 21st century, Oogachaga Counseling & Support, ISBN 978-981-05-6205-2
- Ng, Yi-Sheng (2006), Last boy, Firstfruits Publications, ISBN 978-981-05-6309-7
- 251 (2007, play)
- Georgette (2007, play)
- Ng, Yi-Sheng; Tong, Kelvin Weng Kian; Ng, Jasmine Kin Kia; Board, Singapore. National Library (2008), Eating air, National Library Board and National Book Development Council of Singapore, ISBN 978-981-08-0280-6
- Chee Wei Chan (2008), On His wings—soaring twenty years on, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
- Ng, Yi-Sheng; Pakir, Anne; Lee, Tzu Pheng (2001), Onewinged: an anthology of young writing, Unipress, ISBN 978-981-04-4469-3