Aaron Lee (b. 1972)
Aaron Lee Soon Yong (b. Johor Bahru, Malaysia) studied at Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College as a Public Service Commission Humanities Scholar, and went on to earn a law degree at the National University of Singapore, specialising in international and banking law. He became a citizen of Singapore in 1996, and has worked in the banking and finance industry since the late 1990s. It was then that he and some friends played a key part in the Singaporean resurgence of poetry writing in English.
He started writing poetry in his early teens, and has authored three poetry collections: A Visitation of Sunlight (1997), Five Right Angles (2007) and Coastlands (2014). His first collection won a National Book Development Council award and the second was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. He also won the first prize in the 1994/95 National University of Singapore Poetry Writing Competition and the third prize in the 1995 New Straits Times-Shell Poetry Competition in Malaysia. Lee’s poetry is widely read and taught in schools, and he has performed his work and spoken at literary events all over the world. He is married to the multi-disciplinary artist Namiko Chan Takahashi, and they are actively involved in community arts and mentoring.
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