The Arts House presents ko ko thett



The Burden of Being Burmese 

A leading voice at the forefront of contemporary Burmese poetry, ko ko thett's first collection of English poetry The Burden of Being Burmese has been described as "a brilliantly off-kilter book" by poet John Ashbery. ko ko thett will read from his acclaimed collection, share his insights on current affairs in Myanmar and how his poetry explores the possibility of the translatability of lived experience between the personal and the political. 

This event is moderated by Alvin Pang.

About ko ko thett

ko ko thett is a poet by choice and Burmese by chance. The Burden of Being Burmese (Zephyr, 2015), a collection of ko ko thett's poems that have appeared in literary journals worldwide, is listed on Nota Benes by World Literature Today. After a whirlwind tour for about 20 years—including reading gigs at Sharjah International Book Fair, Hong Kong Poetry Nights, Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai and Poets House in New York City, ko ko thett will settle back in his native Burma-Myanmar in 2017. He writes in both Burmese and English, and is an honorary fellow in writing at the University of Iowa. 

About Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang is a poet, writer and editor from Singapore. He is a Fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program, an advisor to the International Poetry Studies Institute, and a founding director of The Literary Centre, Singapore. Noted in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English, he has appeared in festivals and publications worldwide. His writings have been translated into more than twenty languages. His recent publications include Tumasik: Contemporary Writing from Singapore (Autumn Hill, USA: 2010), What Gives Us Our Names (Math Paper Press:2011), Other Things and Other Poems (Brutal, Croatia: 2012), When The Barbarians Arrive (Arc Publications,UK: 2012), UNION: 15 Years of Drunken Boat / 50 Years of Writing from Singapore (Ethos/Drunken Boat 2015), and När barbarerna kommer (Rámus Forlag, Sweden: 2015).

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