KIRPAL SINGH

KIRPAL SINGH

KIRPAL SINGH

Poet, literary and cultural critic, and university lecturer in English language and literature, has written and published three collections of poetry and edited many literary journals and books. He was a founding member of the Centre for Research in New Literatures, Flinders University, Australia in 1977, the first Asian director for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993 and 1994, and chairman of the Singapore Writers’ Festival in the 1990s.

 

He is currently an Associate Professor with the Singapore Management University (SMU). He is also the Director of the Wee Kim Centre in SMU that promotes a deeper understanding of the impact of cultural diversity upon the business environment. Internationally recognised scholar whose core research areas include post-colonial literature, Singapore and Southeast Asian, literature and technology, and creativity thinking.

 

He has won research awards and grants from local and foreign universities. His research articles and critical writings have been published in international journals such as Ariel, Diogene, Commonwealth Novel In English, Literary Criterion, Quadrant, Southern Review and Westerly. He has written three books of poetry and edited over 15 publications, including the prestigious literary journal, World Literature Written in English. He has attended international writers’ festivals in Adelaide, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Toronto and Kent, to give readings of his works. He had the distinction of being the first Asian director of the prestigious Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993 and 1994.

 

In addition, Dr Singh is a member of several international literary journals and associations. Currently, he is also involved in conceptualising and promoting creative thinking in Singapore’s undergraduate education system, at the Singapore Management University (SMU). In 2004, Dr Singh became the first Asian and non-American to be made a director on the American Creativity Association’s (ACA) board.

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