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ALT TXT is a series of talks and workshops that explores the blurring of lines between literature, text, and narratives through art. From conversations and talks with writers, to hands-on workshops, participants will be able to examine the written word and ways of reading in a variety of surprising and exciting ways.
The Legacy of Literary Movements: Lyric Postmodernisms
In the rarefied world of literature, some modern literary movements were game changers, in provoking new ways of writing, and thinking about writing. The result has been breathtaking—such transformative aesthetics, shifts that remain self-aware, and open to further evolution. Is it possible to work in the traditional lyric, and yet explore avant-garde experimentation? In this seminar, participants gain insights into what the postmodern lyric might look like, and in a follow-up session, share their own original writing in an open creative space. Each participant gets to take home a set of readings, specially curated for this event.
About the instructor:
Desmond Kon is a Singapore writer. He is the author of an epistolary novel, a quasi-memoir, two lyric essay monographs, four hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than twenty books and co-produced three audio books. Trained in book publishing at Stanford University, Desmond studied sociology and mass communication at NUS, and later received his world religions masters from Harvard University and creative writing masters from the University of Notre Dame. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.
Note: This is a two-part workshop happening at the Bras Basah Room on 2/2/2020 and 9/2/2020. Participants are expect to attend both workshops.