Jerrold Yam


Author's Bio

Born in 1991, Jerrold Yam is a law undergraduate at University College London and the author of poetry collections Scattered Vertebrae (Math Paper Press, 2013) and Chasing Curtained Suns (Math Paper Press, 2012). His third collection is forthcoming in 2014. His poems have been published across twenty countries in more than seventy literary journals, including Axon, Counterexample Poetics, Mascara Literary Review, Poetry Pacific, Prairie Schooner, Third Coast, Wasafiri and Washington Square Review, as well as featured by Overseas Singaporean Unit, Poetry Society (UK), Singapore Memory Project, Southeast Asia Globe, The Arts House, The Straits Times, The Substation and elsewhere. His work has been selected for anthologies such as Off the Rocks (2014), Mildly Erotic Verse (2013), Petua (2013), Ayam Curtain (2012) and Moving Words (2011). He has won first prize and three honourable mentions at the National University of Singapore Creative Writing Competition 2011, first prize at the British Council History and the City Competition 2011, runner-up at the Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Competition 2013, and is the youngest Singaporean to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize at twenty years old in 2012. He has been featured at Interrobang Festival, London Book Fair and Singapore Writers Festival, and invited to speak at various educational institutions in Singapore such as National University of Singapore, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Anglican High School. His poems, which are taught in Singaporean schools, have recently been translated into Spanish.

Publications and Prizes


(Ethos Books,


Moving Words 2011 - A Poetry Anthology
(The Literary Centre,


Antiphon Poetry Magazine
Prick of the Spindle
Flutter Poetry Journal
Washington Square
Mascara Literary Review
Poetry Quarterly
fwriction : review
Quarterly Literary Review Singapore
Quantum Poetry Magazine
Emerge Literary Journal
Camroc Press Review
Third Coast
The Camel Saloon
right hand pointing
Counterexample Poetics
Minetta Review
Black Heart Magazine
Lunch Ticket
Lines & Stars
The Tower Journal
Poetry Pacific
Cleaver Magazine
Full of Crow
Ink Sweat & Tears
The Ofi Press
Strong Verse
Prairie Schooner
Drunken Boat
Winter Tangerine Review
Runner-up, Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Competition 2013; Nomination by fwriction : review, Pushcart Prize 2012; First prize and three honourable mentions, National University of Singapore Creative Writing Competition 2011; First prize, Writing the City's "History and the City" Competition 2011

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Listing last updated: April 2, 2015.