From calligrams, to using code to generate and reshuffle the lines to a poem on a webpage, experimental poets explore unconventional ways of conveying the message of their work. Instapoetry, on the other hand, taps on the power of the social media platform and its generally younger user base, and tend to be more “relatable” or “#inspirational”. Does a poem have to be easily accessible or understood by the masses? How does the relatability of a poem affect its reader’s impressions of it? What is and what isn’t poetry? What happens when we put experimental poets and instapoets together in the same room? We ask these experimental and insta-poets to explore what constitutes poetry in this day and age, and how these varying forms of poetry are something anyone can enjoy.
This session is co-presented with Sing Lit Station.
Writers / Presenters
Andrew Kirkrose Devadason is a queer transgender Singaporean. Under his birth name, Devadason contributed the winning piece of the 2019 Hawker Prize to the journal OF ZOOS.
Yeow Kai Chai has three poetry collections, Secret Manta (2001); Pretend I’m Not Here (2006); and One to the Dark Tower Comes (2020), which won the 2022 Singapore Literature Prize. A co-editor of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, he was Festival Director of Singapore Writers Festival (2015-2018).
Timothy Joshua Chia is a writer based in Singapore who seeks to inspire and change the world. He wants to write endlessly ‘til the day his ink runs dry. He wishes to share his experiences with the world connect with kindred souls through words.
Adam Tie is the founder of The Novel Encounter, and published poet/author. Known for his customised poetry, he has been invited by numerous brands to provide live typewritten poetry for guests. Passionate about the power of words to inspire strangers, Adam is dedicated to spread motivation in all formats. Find him on Instagram at @thenovelencounter.
Nicole Bruma is an aspiring wordsmith who's kinda, sorta getting there with words. Other than blissfully (sometimes stressfully) absorbing multi-medium case studies of art, they might be spotted prowling the streets, looking for local events to crash. But, they are often found at home self-reflecting amid their hoarded pile of pretty miscellany. You can find them on Instagram at @storkwrangler.