spokenwordpoetry

Dragon’s Tongue – Deborah Emmanuel

Deborah Emmanuel (b.1988) is a Singaporean artist, most recognised for her work as a poet, singer and theatre-maker. Deborah’s gifts have taken her across oceans, from the spiritual settings of Bali and Kathmandu to the vibrant cities of Berlin, London and New York. Her powerful performances have been at select events like TEDx Singapore and The Performance Theatre, and have toured alongside performance poetry sensation Sarah Kay. 

Her writing continues to feature at poetry festivals like the Barcelona International Poetry Festival and the Makassar International Writers Festival and has even won competitions in Singapore, Germany and Australia. The quality and versatility of her craft have also seen her invited as a resident artist to respected spaces such as Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and The Watermill Center New York.

Deborah’s first poetry collection, When I Giggle In My Sleep, was published by Red Wheelbarrow Books in early 2015. Her creative non-fiction work Rebel Rites, was self-published with a well-funded Pozible campaign in 2016. After the success of that, Deborah decided to release her third book Genesis: Visual Poetry Collection in 2018 with the same independence. She has also released multiple music albums as a lead vocalist and collaborated on many sound works. This, of course, includes her current biggest projects Mantravine and Polymorphism.

In the last few years, Deborah’s work has been heavily influenced by political and feminist discourse and a commitment to spiritual practice as the key to her personal revolution. This has led her to open up new abilities and pursue work in the healing arts as a shamanic practitioner and past life hypnotist. You can book a healing session below.

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Dragon’s Tongue was mixed by Adam Yamin

Here – Deborah Emmanuel

Deborah Emmanuel (b.1988) is a Singaporean artist, most recognised for her work as a poet, singer and theatre-maker. Deborah’s gifts have taken her across oceans, from the spiritual settings of Bali and Kathmandu to the vibrant cities of Berlin, London and New York. Her powerful performances have been at select events like TEDx Singapore and The Performance Theatre, and have toured alongside performance poetry sensation Sarah Kay. 

Her writing continues to feature at poetry festivals like the Barcelona International Poetry Festival and the Makassar International Writers Festival and has even won competitions in Singapore, Germany and Australia. The quality and versatility of her craft have also seen her invited as a resident artist to respected spaces such as Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and The Watermill Center New York.

Deborah’s first poetry collection, When I Giggle In My Sleep, was published by Red Wheelbarrow Books in early 2015. Her creative non-fiction work Rebel Rites, was self-published with a well-funded Pozible campaign in 2016. After the success of that, Deborah decided to release her third book Genesis: Visual Poetry Collection in 2018 with the same independence. She has also released multiple music albums as a lead vocalist and collaborated on many sound works. This, of course, includes her current biggest projects Mantravine and Polymorphism.

In the last few years, Deborah’s work has been heavily influenced by political and feminist discourse and a commitment to spiritual practice as the key to her personal revolution. This has led her to open up new abilities and pursue work in the healing arts as a shamanic practitioner and past life hypnotist. You can book a healing session below.

https://deborahemmanuel.com/

I See You – Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore, this is his poem, “I See You”

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com

Power Lines – Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore, this is his poem “Power Lines”

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com

Once Upon a Time – Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore, this is his poem, “Once Upon a Time”

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com

O Holy Torrent – Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore, this is his poem, “O Holy Torrent”

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com

Love in a Time of Wearing Shorts – Marc Nair

As part of our Spoken Word Episode, we’ve offered our recording services to the poets to help build up an online audio repository of their work. This is Singapore Poetry Slam champion Marc Nair, with “Love in a Time of Wearing Shorts”

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore.

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com

The Language Hospital – Marc Nair

As part of our Spoken Word Episode, we’ve offered our recording services to the poets to help build up an online audio repository of their work. First up is Singapore Poetry Slam champion Marc Nair. This is “The Language Hospital”

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore.

His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope.

He has published and edited twelve books of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award.

His latest collection is Sightlines (2019, Math Paper Press), a collaboration of travel photography and poetry with Tay Tsen-Waye, a film photographer.

Marc was the 2016-17 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence and is the co-founder of Mackerel, a culture magazine. He has released two spoken word albums with his band, Neon and Wonder, and has collaborated with well-known Singapore musicians such as Bani Haykal, weish and Tim De Cotta on numerous live performances.

He has also worked with Lee Kin Mun, aka mrbrown, on the mrbrown show for over a decade, writing satirical audio and video sketches and songs. Marc’s list of authored and edited publications include Sightlines (2019), Handbook of Daily Movement (2019), Vital Possessions (2018), Auguries of Modern Innocence (2018), Intersection (2017), Spomenik (2016), This Is Not A Safety Barrier (2015), The Poet of Unlove (2015), Animal City (2014), Postal Code (2013), Chai: Travel Poems (2010), Along The Yellow Line (2007).

Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

Visit Marc’s website marcnair.com

Crafted By – Be Spoke | S2E2



Give this episode’s guests a mic and an audience and they’ll fuse the wonder of words with the power of performance. The Spoken Word Poetry scene in Singapore is alive and well, with multiple events happening throughout each month across the island.

I talk to 9 poets here about (a) how a layperson can know if what they’re listening to is amazing or gibberish (b) the difference between page poetry and spoken word poetry (c) a comparison of the spoken word scene in Singapore and Malaysia (d) the art of spoken word performance (e) the impact of social media (f) representation of minorities (g) addressing societal issues (h) income for poets (i) the scene today and tomorrow

The poets we spoke with are

  1. Jennifer Anne Champion – https://jenniferannechampion.com/
  2. Stefanie Dogfoot – https://www.facebook.com/stephaniedogfoot/
  3. Kok Wei Liang – https://www.facebook.com/kwl3000
  4. Marc Nair – http://www.marcnair.com 
  5. Shivram Gopinath – https://sg.linkedin.com/in/shivramgopinath 
  6. Melizarani T. Selva – https://www.instagram.com/melizarani/
  7. Pooja Nansi – https://twitter.com/poojanansi
  8. Deborah Emmanuel – https://deborahemmanuel.com/ 
  9. Chris Mooney-Singh – http://www.chrismooneysingh.com/

Check out Mantravine, Deborah Emmanuel’s band https://www.mantravine.com/ Their album, Cosmic Shaman, drops Sept 7th!