Congratulations to Deni Apriyani, the winner of this year’s Migrant Worker Poetry Competition! Her poem, “Further Away” brought light to spousal abuse. Congratulations to 2nd prize winner Naive Gascon for “And Again” and 3rd prize winner Fitri Diyah for “A Sunday Morning in Paya Lebar.” This year marks the first time that female poets bagged all three top prizes.
Out of 107 participants from seven nationalities and eight different languages, 18 finalists showcased their amazing poetry at the National Gallery on December 3.
In addition to poetry readings, the audience was treated to a short play, written and directed by members of the migrant worker community under the mentorship of Haresh Sharma of The Necessary Stage. The event also saw the launch of “Songs From a Distance,” a compendium of past poetry submissions published in collaboration with Transient Workers Count Too – TWC2, Potato Productions, and the Migrant Worker Poetry Competition Singapore.
Singaporean YSEALI Professional Fellow and advocate for the rights of migrant workers Deepu Nair helped to support the Migrant Worker Poetry Competition in celebration of the 4th anniversary of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).
The Migrant Workers Poetry Competition is made possible by the support of U.S. Embassy Singapore, The Literary Centre, Banglar Kantha, National Gallery Singapore, Project X, Aidha, H.O.M.E., Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), and Healthserve.
U.S. Embassy Singapore is proud to have supported the Migrant Worker Poetry Competition, which gives a platform for creative expression to the men and women who work hard each day to help build and maintain the Singapore success story.