Singapore: Poet Paul Tan appointed NAC deputy CEO
Singaporean poet Paul Tan has been appointed deputy CEO of the National Arts Council (NAC) effective 1 June. Tan is currently director of visual arts in the same organisation.
He is replacing Yvonne Tham who has been appointed assistant chief executive of the Esplanade arts centre.
Paul Tan, a former journalist, has published three volumes of poetry. The first two Curious Roads (1994) and Driving into Rain (1998) won the Commendation and the Merit Prizes at the Singapore Literature Prize competition respectively. His third volume First Meeting of Hands was published in 2006. His poetry, fiction and journalistic writing have appeared in various anthologies, newspapers, magazines and literary websites. He has been the director of the Singapore Writers Festival for the last few years.