Eric Tinsay Valles, Director, Poetry Festival Singapore

Eric Tinsay Valles, Director, Poetry Festival Singapore

  • Eric is the Director of the Poetry Festival in Singapore.
  • Eric Tinsay Valles has published two poetry collections, A World in Transit (2011) and After the Fall: dirges among ruins (2014), for which he was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize.

 

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Martin Luther has said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” If not directly changing the world, one can surely do it by changing one’s own life. We know the power of putting thoughts on paper through writing.

And, who doesn’t love their favorite authors who have the power to transport us to a different world? These writers enter our hearts as they relate with us through their stories. It is reading such relatable books that help us develop ideas, inculcate healthy changes, or just feel the emotions we want to feel.

00:34- About Eric Tinsay Valles

  • Eric is the Director of the Poetry Festival in Singapore.
  • Eric Tinsay Valles has published two poetry collections, A World in Transit (2011) and After the Fall: dirges among ruins (2014), for which he was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize.
  • He has co-edited six anthologies, Get Lucky (2015), Sg Poems 2015-2016 (2016), Anima Methodi (2018), The Nature of Poetry (2019), and The Atelier of Healing (2021), and A Given Grace (2021). In 2013, he won the Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Competition Prize.
  • He writes about the migrant experience and personal trauma with humor and empathy.

01:08- When did you first realize that you wanted to make your passion into your career?

  • I had worked for the school newspaper and my assignment then was to write a poem, and I did.
  • The very first poem that I ever wrote was about a wanderer.
  • I didn’t know at that time, that would actually be my life journey. I would travel to other countries and live there and eventually find my career and ultimately, my passion in life, which is to write.

06:56- About Six Anthologies

  • It’s hard for me to say no to friends. All these collaborations in editing came about because of requests from friends.
  • The first one was Get Lucky, which was a bestseller at the Singapore Literature Festival.
  • It is about the stories of Singaporeans and Filipinos and their dealings with one another.
  • I’ve also co-edited a collection of the best poetry in Singapore.

10:08- Why do you write about the migrant experience and personal trauma with humor and empathy?

  • This is a theme that is very close to my heart because I’ve lived practically more years abroad than I have back home.
  • The migrant experience is something that I experienced. It’s my existential condition, and so I cannot help but write about it.
  • I was the very first permanent resident to get published by a literary publisher.

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Eric Tinsay Valles has published two poetry collections, A World in Transit (2011) and After the Fall: dirges among ruins (2014), for which he was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize.

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