Aaron Li Soon Yong: Biography and Brief Introduction

Gwee Li Sui, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore

Aaron Lee was born in Malaysia in 1972. Educated in Singapore, he became a Singaporean in 1996. In 1992, 20 of his poems were published in the anthology In Search of Words (VJ Times, 1992). Since then his poetry has been appeared in anthologies, magazines and newspapers, as well as performed on radio and television for national broadcast.

Aaron has won numerous poetry prizes including the first prize in the National University of Singapore's Literary Society Poetry competition in 1995 and 3rd prize in the nationwide New Straits Times-Shell Poetry Competition in Malaysia in the same year. His first book of poetry A Visitation of Sunlight was selected to be one of 3 books to launch a new publishing label for quality contemporary Singaporean literature, Ethos Books. The collection won a National Book Development Council award in 1997.

A lawyer by profession, Aaron is also involved in theatre and promoting literature in Singapore. In 1999 the title poem of his book was selected for the "Poems on the Move" programme, an initiative by the National Arts Council to bring poetry to the public on mass transit.

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